U.S appeals court rejects a regulation of Washington D.C. of limiting the right to carry a handgun in public. The regulation was to allow only people with appropriate reason for self-defense to carry it.
A three judge bench of U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s ruled 2:1 and hence struck down the proposed regulation. This was ruled under the U.S. Supreme Court guidance on the right to bear arms. This was the third attempt made by the government to limit the gun rights in U.S. capital. The judges were Republican appointees.
The first attempt was made in 2008 case, District of Columbia v Heller, where it was proposed to ban all handgun possession in the city. The second attempt was made in 2014 and this was the third attempt.
The Heller ruling stated that the second amendment cannot be breached. The Second amendment reads as follows: “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.”
This decision of the court of appeal is praised by many including the National Rifle Association.
The petitioners may appeal against this decision to the full appeals court as seven of the 11 judges on the bench are appointed by the Democratic government.