DC Gun Case Moves Back to Appeals Court

The case against Washington’s restrictive gun-carry law is on its way back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after a district court judge sided with the city in a ruling released on Monday.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled against the plaintiffs’ claim that the city’s “good reason” clause, which allows officials to deny permits to applicants who otherwise pass a background check and complete the required training, is unconstitutional. She denied their request for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of that part of the law.

The plaintiffs immediately filed an appeal of the decision with the United States Court of Appeals.

This represents a repeat of May 2015 for the case. Judge Frederick J. Scullin, who had previously ruled that D.C.’s complete ban on gun carry was unconstitutional, struck down the “good reason” clause in his ruling, a decision that the city then appealed. However, Scullin’s ruling was vacated by the higher court after the city raised concerns over whether the judge had the authority to hear the case.

Now, nearly a year later, the case looks to be headed back to same higher court.

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