The District of Columbia is known for a few things: it’s our nation’s capital, it’s home to our government, and it has some of the strictest guns laws in the country.
For years, it’s been virtually impossible for a resident to receive a concealed carry permit thanks to D.C.’s “good reason” law. The statue required applicants to prove they have a “good reason to fear injury to [their] person or property” or another “proper reason” for carrying a firearm.
Needless to say, most things failed to be a good enough reason in the District’s eyes. In fact, some estimate that under the law, almost 80-percent of concealed carry permit applicants were denied.
But in July, Second Amendment supporters – and D.C. residents who simply wished to protect themselves, their homes and their families – finally got some good news.
A federal appellate court shut down the “good reason” law, calling it a clear violation of our Second Amendment rights.
“The individual right to carry common firearms beyond the home for self-defense—even in densely populated areas, even for those lacking special self-defense needs—falls within the core of the Second Amendment’s protections,” the judge wrote.
In October, we got even more good news: the District of Columbia decided not to appeal the decision.
And that’s not all.
D.C. saw a surge in CCW permit applications last month. According to the NRA, a whopping 145 residents underwent permit-based NICS checks in October. And yes, that’s a lot for D.C. (It’s almost more than the previous nine months combined).
Let’s keep these 2A wins coming.