New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the District.

Scullin told Andrew Saindon, of the D.C. attorney general’s office, that by the lawyer’s arguments, he was unsure how closely he had read his original decision. The hearing ended in less than an hour. “I think we’ve been through this a number of times,” Scullin said. “The motion for reconsideration is denied.”

After ruling the city’s gun law to be unconstitutional, Scullin gave city officials 90 days to rewrite what had been one of the strictest anti-gun policies in the country. The stay expires Wednesday.

Those officials have complied — grudgingly. The D.C. Council voted unanimously Sept. 23 to put a regulatory structure in place that allows city residents who own registered handguns and nonresidents with a state carry license to apply for a permit to bear a concealed weapon in the District.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) signed emergency legislation into law Oct. 10 that will let people start applying by Wednesday. The emergency legislation is in effect for 90 days, which officials said gives them time to refine the law.

“We really don’t want to move forward with allowing more guns in the District of Columbia, but we all know we have to be compliant with what the courts say,” Muriel E. Bowser (Ward 4), the Democratic nominee for mayor, said last month.

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared on page B1 of The Washington Post.

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