Court of Appeals Denies Full Court Hearing on Concealed Carry

Sep 29, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC circuit denied a petition to for an en banc hearing after an a three judge panel found the district’s gun-carry law unconstitutional. The DC law allows officials “to deny a permit application based on whether they believe the applicant has a ‘good reason’ for obtaining one.” The three judge panel ruled in July that DC’s “good-reason laws seem almost uniquely designed to defy it: that the law-abiding citizen’s right to bear common arms must enable the typical citizen to carry a gun. No judge on the full court of appeals requested to hear the case. As a result, the decision stands. The city must now decide whether or not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The city issued a statement sardine that it was “disappointed by the full D.C. Circuit’s decision not to rehear the case.” The National Rifle Association applauded the Court of Appeals decision to allow “law-abiding citizens to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in the District of Columbia.