DC Gun Laws Go Before US Court of Appeals


I have no idea why this is even debatable and why anyone would need to show a “good reason to fear injury” in order to obtain a concealed carry permit in DC. How could anyone even passing through Washington, DC not have a “good reason to fear injury” in that city.

The Supreme Court already struck down the restrictive gun laws that DC had in place for years. Now, if you want to leave your home with your legally registered weapon you are prohibited from doing so. How is that anything but an infringement on the right to keep an bear arms.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is hearing arguments Tuesday in two cases involving the law, which requires people who want to carry a gun in public to show a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason” to carry the weapon. Reasons might include a personal threat, or a job that requires a person to carry or protect cash or valuables. Lower court judges have disagreed on whether the law is constitutional.


This is the problem when you have presidentially appointed judges sitting life terms on the bench. That bench does not have to be the Supreme Court. There are plenty of federally appointed judges, as in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that are hearing this case. When the president who appointed then leaves office, they should be required to vacate the bench.


You are correct about the judges, and right now the D.C. court leans left, so I don’t see this lawsuit going very far.


Life time appointments were not a big deal at the origin of our country as lifespans were shorter.

Today a lifetim appointment can be 20-40 years. Yes this needs to be fixed.