Big Victory for Gun Rights in Washington D.C.

by James Buchanan

Believe it or not, a federal judge has just ruled that an anti-concealed carry law in Washington D.C. is un-Constitutional. Best of all, this decision may finally overturn gun control laws in the last remaining hold-outs against concealed-carry such as California and New York.

An article from reports “A federal court struck down the District of Columbia’s gun-carry law as unconstitutional on Tuesday.”

“In a 2-to-1 ruling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the city’s requirement that those who apply for a gun-carry permit must show ‘good reason’ beyond the desire for self-defense or residence in a high-crime area before being granted one runs afoul of the Second Amendment. The court said the Constitution guarantees a right to carry a firearm for self-protection for the law-abiding, even outside of the home. The ruling is the latest in a series of federal court rulings rebuking the nation’s capital for unconstitutional gun laws that stretch back more than a decade and include a half dozen decisions against the city.”

“‘Reading the Amendment, applying Heller I’s reasoning, and crediting key early sources, we conclude: 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,’ Judge Thomas Griffith wrote for the majority.”

“The court went on to say the District’s requirement that only those who meet the restrictive ‘good reason’ requirement be allowed to legally carry a firearm was beyond their power and effectively eliminated the average citizen’s right to carry a gun in self-defense.”

Whenever liberal government authorities are allowed to decide whether or not someone has a “good cause” to carry a firearm, they historically deny everyone their Right to carry. And what right does a county sheriff or government bureaucrat have to make a decision about whether your life is in danger and whether or not the government will allow you to carry a firearm, which you should already have the Right to do as spelled out in the Second Amendment. When you have to beg a government official for permission to exercise a right, you really don’t have that right anymore.

The Second Amendment is crystal clear to any honest person. It says “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Notice that the Founding Fathers said to keep AND bear arms. A firearm doesn’t do you much good if you can only possess it in your home.

Anti-gun activists tried to claim that the reference to a “militia” meant that only the police and military could have firearms. Every dictatorship and Communist tyranny in world history gave their police and military the right to keep and bear arms. This was always the most dishonest argument by the Left against the Second Amendment and their excuse for disarming Americans.

If you research what the Founding Fathers meant by a well regulated militia, they meant all White males between the ages of 18 and 45 as noted in the Militia Act of 1792. The Second Amendment NEVER restricted gun rights only to the militia, otherwise men over the age of 45 would have to turn in their guns, and George Washington never turned in his personal firearms when he turned 46. Also White women clearly needed firearms to defend themselves from criminals in the cities or Indians on the frontier. The reference to the militia was an acknowledgement of the value of having a well-armed citizenry in fighting off a foreign invasion.

It’s a sad chapter in American history that liberals took away gun Rights from so many Americans for so many decades, but ever since the 1980s, the concealed carry Right has been gaining ground until just a few hold-out liberal states like New York and California are still denying their citizens the Right to carry a weapon for self-defense. Hopefully, this court decision for Washington D.C. will lead to Americans in the last gun control states to finally be able to defend themselves as the Founding Fathers intended.

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