Judge Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban


Surrendered handguns sit in a plastic bin during a gun buyback event at Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California May 31, 2014. The event was announced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti after last week's killing spree at the University of California, Santa Barbara that left six students and the shooter dead. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY CRIME LAW)

A federal judge struck down Washington, D.C.’s 2008 ban on carrying handguns outside of the home. In a decision that was made public Saturday night, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin wrote “There is no longer any basis this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.” According to court documents, the 2008 law mandated that handgun owners specify where they planned to use their guns and denied permits to anyone planning to carry handguns outside of their homes. That same year, the Supreme Court struck down the capital’s complete ban on gun ownership, saying it violated the Second Amendment.