Federal court rejects D.C. ‘good reason’ requirement for concealed carry
By Chris Eger
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said the District would continue to fight the case, and for now at least, the good reason requirement is still active. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)
The U.S. Appeals Court handed a victory to gun rights advocates seeking to overturn the District of Columbia’s strict “may-issue” policy for issuing concealed carry permits.
The three-judge panel issued a permanent injunction Tuesday prohibiting city authorities from enforcing a “good reason” test as part of its gun licensing program, which has resulted in more permits declined than granted and has effectively barred most people from exercising Second Amendment rights outside their home.
“To be sure, the good-reason law leaves each D.C. resident some remote chance of one day carrying in self-defense, but that isn’t the question,” said Judge Thomas Beall Griffith in his majority opinion. “The Second Amendment doesn’t secure a right to have some chance at self-defense. Again, at a minimum, the Amendment’s core must protect carrying given the risks and needs typical of law-abiding citizens. That is a right that most D.C. residents can never exercise, by the law’s very design.”
Judge Karen Lecraft Henderson wrote a dissenting opinion, saying the District’s good reason regulation passed muster and that, while the Second