D.C.’s new gun normal


In response to the federal court ruling, Police Chief Cathy Lanier has ordered police to release some citizens found carrying firearms, a sea change in D.C. police tactics. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

It’s going on three days now since a federal judge struck down the District’s ban on carrying weapons outside the home, and the scramble to figure out what exactly it means continues. City lawyers on Monday asked U.S. District Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. to stay his ruling pending either an appeal or the opportunity to craft a constitutionally viable alternative to the ban. As Scullin’s ruling has been met with conservative glee, the District has been forced to confront a new reality where are guns are no longer carried only by cops and criminals — forcing police to reconsider longstanding tactics and property owners to ask for the first time whether they want to allow weapons on their real estate. More from APReutersWAMU-FMWaTimesPoliticoRoll Call and WTTG-TV.

In other news:

Why a New York judge decided a D.C. case (Legal Times)

And why was the case decided on a Saturday? Blame the computers (WaTimes)

“Meet the Libertarians Who Keep Beating D.C.’s Gun Laws in Court” (Slate)

Budget amendment author Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is a fan of the decision (City Desk)

“Pigskin Kickoff Classic” will pit DCPS against charter against parochial against private schools (Post)

As for the local pro football team, “it is clear that momentum to rid the team of its offensive name is only growing and a name change is a matter of when and how, not if” (Post editorial)

Jim and Doreen: A matchless TV news pair (Post Magazine)

Zoning Commission again delays action on McMillan site to “make sure it’s right” (WBJ)

Why some prominent developers aren’t interested in St. Elizabeths East (Housing Complex)

Former HTJ aide Neil Rodgers starts mounting his defense (Loose Lips)

GWU, University of Maryland presidents are set to testify on Corcoran deal (WTOP)

Vince Gray to sign foam ban today (AP)

Rounding up the D.C. Council objections to the soccer stadium deal (Curbed)

Zoning regulations will change to reflect minor Height Act amendment (WBJ)

Sewage or groundwater or something foul plagues a vacant lot on Kennedy Street (Housing Complex)

NoMa shooting victim identified as Yewondwosen Girma Hailemarian, 30, of Fairfax County (Post)

Metro’s new CFO comes via Chicago Transit Authority (Dr. Gridlock)

Bank of Georgetown has $1 billion in assets (WBJ)

The proposed 24-hour tattoo waiting period is officially kaput (WAMU-FM)

Building 213 is gone for good (JDLand)

Warehouse-looking apartment building to replace Tenleytown Steak ‘n’ Egg (UrbanTurf)

Diane Rehm is officially a national treasure (WRC-TV)

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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Mike DeBonis · July 28, 2014