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DC Police Chief Lanier

DC Police Chief Lanier

Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( Emily Miller reports:

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.

  • 13 User comments to “Police Chief Recognizes Carry Reciprocity in D.C.”

    1. So as of right this very second, DC should be changed to yellow on that map.

    2. BRZCory on July 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM said:

      Why did you do a disservice to everyone on the graphic?!!!

      Green-Yellow-Red. In that order of difficulty. Green should be “No Permit Needed”, Yellow for “Permit Required”, Red for “Not permitted”.

      Bad design.

    3. Drawer22 on July 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM said:

      Good to find that the Constitution of the United States of America is finally valid in Washington DC!

      Cogito, ergo armatus sum.

    4. If I live in that fu*ked up place I would be walking all over DC with my handgun on my hip ! I would go out of my way to walk past every cop I could find too !

    5. 3GunnerDavid on July 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM said:

      It’s time to test the Constitutionality of restrictive laws in EVERY state (or is it “Der Staten”?)where it is not allowed by local unconstitutional ordinance. If the Liberal Armpit of the nation–D&C–can allow open carry, then it should be allowed EVERYWHERE! I’m going for a walk with my Taurus PT-1911 (with “Don’t Tread on Me!” grips) through downtown Dallas this afternoon.

    6. I just want to point out that New Jersey has in effect a ban on concealed carry too. Only the politically connected have any hope of obtaining a CCW.

    7. Ol' Vet on July 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM said:

      Damned shame that Texas, as great as it is, allowed the dims to outlaw open carry in the early 70s…..and it still goes for handguns, although open carry for rifles is supposed to be legal people that do that get arrested by the po-leese for made up BS. Time for Texas to get in the green and keep it there. Think I’ll ask my state representative why open carry is not part of our freedoms in the great State of Texas, the land of illegal invasions and National Guard going on the border with our Department of Public Safety folks.

    8. A 90 day stay was granted today in DC

    9. NJ and MD are no-issue essentially.

    10. momo001 on July 30, 2014 at 2:08 AM said:

      Can someone tell me how all this will affect NYC!

    11. @momo001 It will have no effect on NYC, or NJ or Maryland.

    12. […] Police Chief Recognizes Carry Reciprocity in D.C. […]

    13. DC is a backwater. It is not NYC or Los Angeles. The real issue here is the court ruling and the legal precedent.

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