By Dean Weingarten
STUNNING DEVELOPMENT: DC Police Chief Lanier just told force not to arrest a person who can legally carry a gun in DC or any state.
As of 6:24 p.m. on July 27, 2014, this is a welcome development. Many have said that the D.C. political establishment will ignore the judges order. This shows that Police Chief Lanier is, at minimum, unwilling to be found in contempt. Notice the broad extent of the order: no arrests for a person who can legally carry a gun in D.C. or any State.
With 30 states having open carry without a permit, and over 11 million concealed carry permits valid in the United States, that is a lot of people who may legally carry in the District.
As of yet, I would not depend on the D.C. Police to know that it is legal to openly carry firearms in Wisconsin, for example. It would be prudent to allow those with current state permits to gently educate the D.C. police force that they have to respect the Constitution. We do not know how long this situation may last. It is possible that the D.C. government will attempt to obtain a stay to stop the judges order. They may appeal. They may not want to irritate Congress where the House recently voted to cut off funding for District gun control laws.
The situation is fluid. Stay tuned!
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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.