By Dean Weingarten
For a brief period, people were able to legally carry handguns in the District of Columbia. Except for government agents, this has not been the case for 37 years for concealed carry, and 70 years for open carry.
The District council is in recess, and will not reconvene until 15 September, 2014. That is 48 days. That leaves 42 days, or six weeks to pass the necessary legislation. In the meantime, legislation authored by Representative Massie, which would cut funding for enforcement of the D.C. gun laws, has passed the house.
Thus the government of the District of Columbia is under double pressure to conform their law to the Constitution. If they do not do so, Judge Scully is under no obligation to renew the stay.
I would have preferred that the injunction remain in place. We would quickly determine if the D.C. crime rate would rise or fall. All previous evidence is that it would fall.
Now we wait until the 22th of October. No extensions should be given. The people of the nation have had their rights suppressed for far too long.
In reality, there is no need for new legislation. The registration process in the District is far more burdensome than obtaining a permit to carry concealed in nearly all the other states. The rules that the City established, published by Chief Lanier under the injunction, would work perfectly well. The District could then work to reduce the ridiculous burdens imposed on its residents by the registration scheme.
Update: I have read the stay. It is explicitly granted in order for the District to craft legislation, not for an appeal. Both sides will submit further arguments.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.