Tuesday, September 23, 2014

D.C. approves concealed handguns for first time in four decades

Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. can now carry concealed handguns for the first time in decades.
Members of the D.C. Council begrudgingly, but unanimously, voted for a bill that would allow individuals to carry the firearms if they meet a number of requirements. 
“I don’t believe in guns. I don’t believe in carrying guns,” said council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat and a former four-term mayor. “I think the public ought to understand that all of us here are doing something we really don’t want to do.”
However gun rights advocates criticize as too narrow the new law, which was crafted in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the District’s 32-year-old ban on carrying handguns outside the home.
According to the regulations, living in a crime-infested neighborhood would not itself constitute a legitimate reason for carrying a concealed weapon.
“Living in a high-crime area is not sufficient to establish the good cause,” Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said last week. “Getting death threats, being the victim of domestic violence and having the threats or reoccurrence, that would be good cause. It has to be personalized. It has to be something specific.”

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