Since a federal judge ruled that part of Washington D.C.’s gun law, specifically the part regarding the issuance of concealed-carry permits, is unconstitutional, the number of applications for those permits has more than tripled, according to this story from freebeacon.com.
On May 18, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. ruled that the city’s requirement that anyone applying for a handgun permit must show a “good reason” for wanting one is a violation of the Second Amendment. The city filed an appeal, and in June, a federal appeals court ordered a stay of Scullin’s ruling, temporarily blocking his decision until the court can make a ruling.
Between Jan. 1 and May 18 of this year, the city received 45 permit applications. After Scullin’s ruling, between May 18 and June 26, the city received 140 applications, according to Sean Conboy, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department. The percentage of permits that have been approved by the department has actually gone down, with 27 approved between Jan. 1 and May 18, and only 11 out of the 140 applications approved since, according to the story.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of The Second Amendment Foundation, which helped bring the original case against the city’s gun carry law, said he was upset with the decrease in application approvals. “It looks like the D.C. Police Department has actually decreased the percentage of applications they are approving. We are not happy with the numbers they released. We expected that increase (in the number of applications) with all the recent publicity about our suit. That number should really increase after we win on the appeal that the city filed.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals is expected to rule on Scullin’s decision in the coming weeks.