Federal Judge Rules D.C. ban on handguns outside home unconstitutional

Another victory for civil rights by Alan Gura, Palmer v. District of Columbia. Washington D.C. prohibits registration of a gun by anyone not a resident of the District, and prohibits carrying a firearm without a permit. The so-called “permits” are unattainable. The court issues an injunction against both the laws regarding and the practice of not issuing permits, also holds residency requirements unconstitutional, and says this is so under any level of scrutiny. I’ve always believed that most gun control laws don’t pass muster even under “rational basis” scrutiny because they are so hopelessly ineffective as to bear no possible relation to any legitimate government interest. Making liberals feel good about themselves is not a legitimate government interest.

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