Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: December 14, 2015
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
KEY CONCEALED CARRY PROVISION RESTORED FOLLOWING FEDERAL APPEALS COURT DECISION
Brady Center filed amicus brief in support of D.C.’s sensible requirement that applicant must have “good cause” to carry a handgun in public in order to receive concealed carry permit
WASHINGTON — In a decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed an injunction that would have prevented Washington, D.C. from enforcing a key provision in its concealed carry law that requires a permit applicant to have “good cause” to carry a gun in public. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed an amicus brief in support of the provision. The appeals court ruled that Senior District Judge Scullin, a federal judge based in New York who ruled on this case, “had no authority to decide this matter,” and vacated the decision striking down D.C.’s “good cause” requirement.
Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence commented on today’s ruling, saying “Today’s decision allows the District of Columbia to continue using an important public safety tool – a strong and sensible concealed carry law that helps keep guns off the streets. The Constitution does not require all Americans to live in the corporate gun lobby’s guns - everywhere world. This year alone, the District of Columbia has experienced a devastating surge in gun crimes; the last thing we need is to weaken restrictions on carrying loaded guns in public spaces.”
This decision marks yet another victory in the courts not only for Brady, but for sensible gun laws. After a particularly deadly summer in D.C., the “good reason” requirement not only complies with a reasonable reading of the Second Amendment, but furthers D.C.’s interest in protecting public safety.
The Brady Center, along with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Violence Policy Center, filed an amicus brief in the case and has, for many years, supported the District of Columbia in its fight for a reasonable gun laws. The brief was prepared by Adam Levin, Anna Kelly and Christine MacGregor from the firm of Hogan Lovells.
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