Marion Algier – AskMarion
It wasn’t until 1932 that a permit was required to carry a concealed weapon in the District of Columbia. It was legal to carry pistols openly until 1943. At the time, it was clear that the prohibition on open carry did not apply to long arms.
In 1973, pushed by Democrat President, Lyndon Johnson, the District of Columbia was granted “home rule”. In 1976, the new District government passed the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975. The law went into effect in 1977. It has been over 70 years since it was legal to openly carry a pistol in the District of Columbia.
In the recent court decision on Palmer v. D.C., judge Scully cites heavily on the Peruta decision in the Ninth Circuit, saying it is clear that their exists a constitutional right to carry guns outside the home, and that the existing bans on the general carry of guns outside the home are unconstitutional. Peruta strikes down the local discretion to deny carry permits to the vast majority of applicants.
The D.C. Police Chief has ordered the police force not to arrest people carrying pistols unless they have felony records. One unknown second amendment activist has taken the opportunity to obtain a photograph of himself openly carrying in the District.
He will likely be the first of many.
Update: D.C. attorneys have requested a stay for 180 days. Here is a link to the request.
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Added by Dan Cannon of GunsSaveLives.net: Please note, the current ruling only applies to handguns, not long guns, and DC residents still have to adhere to DC gun/ammo registration laws. This is a fluid situation that could change on a day to day basis. Please use caution.
But don’t get too comfortable… ‘Un-Elected’ Progressive Supreme Michelle Obama Moves To Make National Gun Confiscation A Reality
Well it appears that Michelle Obama is not yet done championing her own agenda. According to recent reports, Michelle recently decided to appear in Chicago to beg for more gun control. Chicago was an interesting choice for the venue, given that they have both the strictest urban gun control laws, as well as the highest homicide rate in the nation.
Also true to the Obama way, Michelle decided to make herself the focal part of the story. When she spoke of Hadiya Pendleton, the teenage girl who performed at the Obama’s Second Inauguration and was shortly after killed by gun-fired, she couldn’t help making the story about her own struggles.
“Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her,” Michelle told the audience, “But I got to grow and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School and have a career and a family and the most blessed life I could ever imagine. And Hadiya, well we know that story. Just a week after she performed at my husband’s inauguration, she went to a park with some friends and got shot in the back.”
In addition to talking about herself, Michelle took the opportunity to push stricter gun control laws in Chicago. The agenda is nothing but hypocritical, given that both she and he children are provided armed guards wherever they go.
What do you think of Michelle’s statement? Is she just making the problem worse?