D.C. Circuit Court Denies Washington D.C.’s Request

D.C. Circuit Court Denies Washington D.C.’s Request 
to Reconsider Win in NRA / CRPA Supported Right to Carry Case
On Thursday, September 28, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals officially deniedWashington D.C.’s request to rehear the cases of Grace v. District of Columbia and Wrenn v. District of Columbia. These cases challenge Washington D.C.’s restrictive “good reason” requirement (i.e., a special need beyond self-defense) for the issuance of a CCW on the grounds that it violates the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. As a result of today’s decision, Washington D.C. must either petition the United States Supreme Court to rehear the case, or accept the fact that their “good reason” requirement is unconstitutional.

Last July, a 3-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decisionprohibiting Washington D.C. from enforcing its “good reason” requirement. The law at issue requires law-abiding citizens who wish to carry a firearm in public to first obtain a license, but also restricts the issuance of licenses to those citizens who can show a specific, documented need for self-defense—for example, by proving that they have been previously attacked or have been receiving death threats.

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