Controversial Washington D.C. Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 28, 2014 @ 3:04PM
Created on July 27, 2014 @ 4:32PM
The controversial ban of handguns in public places in Washington D.C. has been ruled unconstitutional.
Federal judge Frederick Scullin Jr. has declared Washington D.C.'s gun control law that bans carrying handguns in public unconstitutional, and has ordered that its enforcement be stopped. The ruling was made public Saturday, and immediately instructed the city to end its pistol carrying restrictions. Judge Scullin stated that a total ban on citizen's rights to carry handguns was unconstitutional, and that the law must be stopped until the city can adopt constitutionally valid legislation. It is unclear at this time if the city of Washington D.C. will appeal the ruling.
5 News talked to local residents, who had strong opinions on the decision.
"What gives anybody else the right to tell me I cant protect my home, or my children, or whatever I have, my dogs. And how can you tell me that a cop can drive around with a pistol, but if I go through the proper channels and get a permit, I can't?" said Roger Clark of Harrison County.
"Truthfully I believe in the Second Amendment rights. I think our forefathers had the right idea when they initiated that amendment." added Cliff Reppert of Harrison County.
5 News realizes not everyone feels the ban is unconstitutional, however no one could be found to voice their opinion.
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