IF TOM PALMER and his fellow plaintiffs have their way, they’ll soon be carrying loaded handguns through the streets of the nation’s capital.
Mr. Palmer, three other individuals and the Second Amendment Foundation sued the District last week, arguing that city laws that “ban registration of handguns to be carried for self-defense by law-abiding citizens” are unconstitutional. Mr. Palmer, a resident of the District, is asking Judge Henry Kennedy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to strike down the prohibition. The lawsuit also asks Judge Kennedy to nullify laws that prohibit non-District residents from registering their weapons and obtaining handgun carry permits. The plaintiffs are represented by the same lawyer who argued successfully last year before the Supreme Court against District laws that essentially prevented residents from keeping functional firearms at home for self-defense. They now argue that the right to keep and carry firearms for self-defense extends beyond the home and that licensed owners can be prohibited only from carrying handguns into “sensitive places” such as schools or government buildings.
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