As politicians from across the spectrum begin to admit that maybe additional gun control restrictions are merited in the wake of the Newtown massacre, the District faces the prospect of having to allow residents to carry concealed weapons.
As the AP reports, last week a federal appeals court struck down Illinois’ statewide ban on the carrying of concealed weapons, likely setting the stage for a Supreme Court ruling on whether the Second Amendment extends to carrying a gun outside:
A provocative ruling by a panel of federal appeals court judges in Chicago struck down the only statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons, in Illinois. The ruling is somewhat at odds with those of other federal courts that have largely upheld state and local gun laws, including restrictions on concealed weapons, since the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling declaring that people have a right to have a gun for self-defense.
Much as the 2008 Heller case forced D.C. to allow residents to purchase and register handguns for use in the home, a pro-concealed carry Supreme Court decision would impact D.C., the last remaining jurisdiction that completely bans concealed weapons.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]