Concealed carry now legal in Washington D.C.
The Supreme Court struck down the District’s 32-year-old ban on handguns in 2008. Since then, the District has required gun owners to register their firearms every three years, complete a safety course and be fingerprinted and photographed, among other requirements.
But as of Tuesday, 09/23/14 at around 5pm, the District of Columbia Council unanimously voted to stop universally infringing upon the 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens, and to no longer prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns in the nation’s capital. The bill will be in effect for the next 90 days.
While the open carrying of firearms will still be illegal, residents who are seeking a concealed-carry permit would have to complete a more extensive safety course than what’s required for gun owners. Non-residents would also be able to get licenses if they meet the same standards.
They have chosen to model the handful of states, like Maryland, New Jersey and New York, who have required residents to “show a reason why they need a concealed-carry permit”. Which leaves things up to the city’s Chief of Police to decide whether or not a citizen has a compelling right to carry a concealed firearm. This usually means that someone would have to received death threats or have been the victims of domestic violence are among those who could be granted permits.
Friends of the 2nd Amendment should keep their eye on USACARRY.COM site, in order to gain a better understanding on exactly how your 2nd Amendment “rights” work in the District of Columbia.