Another DC gun ban ruled unconstitutional

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Victory for freedom: On Saturday a federal judge ruled that the DC ban on carrying handguns outside your home was unconstitutional and must no longer be enforced.

Expect the crime rate in DC to finally begin declining.

Update: DC’s police chief today announced that they will no longer arrest anyone who has the legal right to carry a gun, concealed or otherwise, in DC or in any other state. This means they now recognize the gun laws of the rest of the country.


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  • Cotour

    The real world clashes with the intellectualized world. Neither world is immune to mistakes and accidental occurrences actually happening but in the real world when you are forced to live by “others” irrational and controlling rules you pay a more immediate and higher price.

    The actual solution to the gun problem is in educating the people of America as to their real use and responsible application and not to hold up the perverted, sensationalized and sexualized version promoted and exploited by Hollywood. I am betting that the people that work with this doctor are very happy that he paid no attention to the rules in this case. He will of course have to be fired.

  • Cotour

    Just to clarify, I am not suggesting that the government do the educating. The government is the natural enemy of the second amendment so it is up to the people and organizations made up of the people to do the educating. Let us not be naive and be looking to the government to solve the problems that are the peoples to sort and figure out.

  • Edward

    Has anyone else noticed that most of the time these shootings end only after someone else with a gun arrives on the scene?

    That seems to be why the bad guys choose gun-free zones, such as this hospital, to do their evil deeds.

    With patients like Plotts, is it any wonder that Dr. Silverman chose to break policy and be armed at work?

  • Edward

    Government is as useless today as it was when someone coined the phrase, “we’re from the government and we’re here to help.” In fact, government may be worse than useless.

  • This is just the first skirmish. But it’s a hopeful sign, and Alan Gura, who has been extraordinarily successful in defending 2nd amendment rights, is eager to engage DC officials again, following the inevitable appeal.

  • ted

    Today’s announcement is a trick. Anyone seen with a firearm or asking about the policy will be get put into a database. In a few weeks when the police chief decides to back away from this policy any DC resident in the database will get a not so nice visit from the jackboots. Any non-DC resident will get pulled over and have his vehicle dismantled looking for a firearm.

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