DC Gun Ruling Leads to Surge in Carry Permit Applications

We reported recently that a federal judge ordered the District of Columbia to stop requiring gun owners to prove they have a "good reason" to carry a firearm in order to legally do so. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon's order blocks the district from denying concealed carry permits, effectively making it a "shall issue" area.

In the six months before the ruling, the Metropolitan Police Department had received 61 applications for a concealed carry permit. Since the ruling 10 days ago, there have been 85 new applications, according to this story from The Washington Times.

It appears residents were trying to get their permit apps in before an appeal either overturned or blocked Judge Leon’s ruling, in which he states: “Because the right to bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both in and outside the home, I find that the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement likely places an unconstitutional burden on this right.”

In fact, according to the story, the disclosure of permit application numbers was made by the District's office of the attorney general in a motion filed before a federal appellate court by city attorneys trying to overturn Leon's ruling.

In a 2-1 decision made Friday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved the request for an immediate administrative stay on Leon’s ruling, which allows the district to temporarily enforce its good-reason requirement.

“The federal appellate court panel asked both sides to file briefs on the matter in June so that judges can consider whether to stay the ruling pending appeal of the case,” the story reported.