Carry on, D.C. gun owners

A federal judge ruled Saturday that the District’s prohibition on carrying weapons outside one’s home is unconstitutional. Police have suspended arrests of persons carrying legal firearms. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Much was odd about this weekend’s federal court decision striking down the District’s flat ban on carrying weapons outside the home. It emerged on a Saturday, for one, and it was penned by a U.S. District Court judge sitting in Syracuse, N.Y., who had been criticized by plaintiffs for taking too long to decide the case filed nearly five years ago. But those plaintiffs — several District residents and visitors, plus the Second Amendment Foundation — are now quite pleased with Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin’s ruling, which builds on the landmark Heller decision to say that individuals have the right not only to keep arms, but to bear them, too. City officials are none too pleased, and lawyers for the District are seeking a stay pending appeal. But for the time being, police have been ordered not to arrest people carrying legally owned guns in public. More from WaTimesSCOTUSblogAPLos Angeles TimesChristian Science Monitor and WRC-TV.

In other news:

The Silver Line is here (Post)

Carol Schwartz is back, with ballot petitions and diet tips (Post)

David Catania says if Muriel Bowser won’t call a Park Southern hearing, another council member should  — and Phil Mendelson isn’t ruling it out (Post)

And Catania wants Bowser to return Phinis Jones’s campaign donations (WAMU-FM)

And he’s against a Reeves Center swap to finance a soccer stadium (DofDWAMU-FM)

Colby King assesses the mayoral race, with a Mendo assist (Post column)

Dunbar valedictorian makes a tough transition as Georgetown undergrad (Post)

Southwest residents weigh in on soccer deal — mainly transportation and housing (Post)

Marion Barry does not like being compared to Machiavelli (Al-Jazeera America)

Corcoran fight continues in court this week (Post)

Lobbyist Rod Woodson has some thoughts on the attorney general race (Post)

City settles lawsuit over missing ANC tape for $58,400 (Loose Lips)

Time to building a new Potomac crossing, says Bob McCartney (Post column)

Two weekend homicides, one in Congress Heights, one in NoMa (PostPost)

Uber driver arrested on sexual assault charge (Post)

There will be no fake gas stations in our rivers (Arts DeskDCist)

Kevin Martin exoneration shows “a system that essentially gives carte blanche to authorities to reexamine their own mistakes on their own timetable is fundamentally flawed” (Post editorial)

D.C. crime lab gets “revolutionary” DNA analysis machine (WTTG-TV)

Watch the shipping-container apartments get built (Dr. Gridlock)

And there’s a backlash (WJLA-TV)

“Punk Archive” established at D.C. Public Library (DCist)

Council agrees to hold another hearing on Virginia Avenue Tunnel (Dr. Gridlock)

What about the skaters? (Post op-ed)

The D.C. streetcar is “so bad [it will] actually make transit worse” (Vox)

D.C.’s first outdoor brewery (DCist)

Temple Sinai’s new rabbi is gay and married (Post)

You can give Fort Reno money now (Arts Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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