Judge lifts D.C. gun ban

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Marine Adam Kokesh served jail time for loading a shotgun on camera in this July 4, 2013, video shot on the streets of D.C.

Washington, D.C. – A U.S. District Judge enjoined District of Columbia officials from preventing registration of firearms intended for open carry for self defense in a court order published on Saturday, July 26.

According to the holding, Judge Frederick J. Scullins considers the refusal of police to register guns intended to be carried outside the home for self defense a violation of the Second Amendment. He enjoined them from banning their registration for that stated  purpose. He also enjoined officials from enforcing the D.C. code that prohibits carrying firearms, and furthermore enforcing the code against individuals who choose to do so simply because they do not reside in the District.

Four plaintiffs and the Second Amendment Foundation sought the injunction following a Supreme Court decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, that holds it is unconstitutional to prohibit citizens to carry registered handguns outside their homes, only to learn that police would not register their firearms.

To read the judge’s 19-page holding, follow this link:


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