Monday, July 28, 2014

WaPo Confirms Constitutional Carry in D.C.

Emily Miller tweeted yesterday that Washington D.C. Police Chief Lanier has issued an order that police will not arrest non-felons who are carrying pistols in the District of Columbia.  This morning the Washington Post confirmed her report:
In an order approved by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, police were told that District residents are permitted to carry pistols if the weapons are registered. Those who had not registered their handguns could be charged on that ground, the instruction said. 

The number of registered pistols is thought to be low. 

Lanier’s instructions to police also said that residents of other jurisdictions without felony records would not be charged under the ban on carrying pistols.
 The District attorneys have said that they will be "seeking a stay shortly".  It is not clear if the court will grant a stay. 

It is worth noting that the paper cites the 4th circuit as upholding Maryland's restrictive "may issue" carry law, but ignores the Peruta Decision in California.

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