2nd Amendment Foundation taking city, police chief to court
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has denied almost every concealed-carry permit applicant since her office was ordered by a court to make the permits available last summer.
If anyone has been able to get a concealed-carry permit in the District of Columbia since it was ordered by a court to allow such permits, Alan Gottlieb would like to know the secret of their success.
That’s because the district’s police chief, Cathy Lanier, has rejected almost every applicant since the city’s new gun-permit law went into effect six months ago. Less than 10 people are known to have successfully obtained a permit, says Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation.
SAF announced this week it is suing the District of Columbia, challenging its highly restrictive concealed-carry permit process, which requires applicants to have a “good reason” to carry a weapon.
Lawyers for SAF say this policy violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF is joined in the suit by three private citizens, Brian Wrenn and Joshua Akery of Washington, D.C., and Tyler Whidby, a Florida resident who also maintains a residence in Virginia.
The District of Columbia and Lanier are named as defendants.
The lawsuit charges that “individuals cannot be required to prove a ‘good reason’ or ‘other proper reason’ for the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms.”
All three plaintiffs in the case have applied for D.C. carry permits and have been turned down by Lanier because they could not “demonstrate a good reason to fear injury to person or property,” the lawsuit states.
Written by LEO HOHMANN
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