D.C. Declines to Take Wrenn CCW Case to SCOTUS

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WASHINGTON DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Apparently fearing a devastating loss that could crush arbitrary concealed carry laws in a handful of states, the District of Columbia has declined to appeal its loss of a concealed carry case that struck down its “needs based” permit requirement, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) learned today.

The SAF case is Wrenn v. District of Columbia. A three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the city’s “good cause” [aka : justifiable need ] requirement as unconstitutional in July. The court declined a request for an en banc panel review last month.

“We believe the city was under intense pressure to take the hit and not appeal the ruling by the U.S. District Court of Appeals,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “If the District had lost the case before the high court, it would have dealt a fatal blow to similar requirements in California, New Jersey, Maryland and New York, for example, and that prospect had anti-gun politicians in those states quaking in their shoes.”

Gottlieb recalled that the District’s loss in 2008 when the Supreme Court struck down its handgun ban as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment opened a floodgate for legal challenges to state laws. That led to SAF’s 2010 victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago, which not only nullified the Windy City’s handgun ban but more importantly incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment.

“Let’s face it,” Gottlieb said, “anti-gunners are determined to cling to their dogma of public disarmament rather than admit that their resistance to common sense concealed carry reform amounts to nothing more than stubborn denial. These people simply do not want to enter the 21st Century. They refuse to accept the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects and affirms an individual right to not only keep arms, but to bear them as the Founders understood.”

“However,” he added, “this decision opens the gate farther to an inevitable high court confrontation because there are now conflicting opinions on concealed carry from the different circuit courts. Common sense says that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause will not allow that conflict to continue.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control

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The other Jim

I don’t think Hawaii is forgotten; I remember Hawaii. It’s just that in New York, New Jersey and California the Left never stops the assault; and they use the taxpayers money to take away the taxpayers rights. Never mind CCW, New York oppresses the law abiding to the point where they can’t even carry a pocket knife fearing arrest. In New York City thousands have been arrested and prosecuted by the Liberals calling the small pocket knives Gravity Knives. Thousands of law abiding citizens have been arrested and prosecuted in New York and New Jersey who have valid CCW’s from… Read more »


D.C. waved appeal. One wonders why, given that they were and likely continue to be big on gun control.


it would have dealt a fatal blow to similar requirements in California, New Jersey, Maryland and New York, for example. Why do you guys alway forget about Hawaii, which has it worst off than all those states you must mentioned? Not a single CCW permit issued to residents since… 2000.

Clark Kent

But still there are hundreds, if not thousands, of folks in Hawaii carrying concealed. If you have a good holster, proper clothing, and don’t blab about your handgun who in the world will know you carry concealed?

Robert Scott

The only problem with carrying concealed without a permit is the fact if you ever have to pull it out or use it, you will find yourself in jail and therfore a prohibited person never allowed to have/own firearms forever. Not worth losing my absolute right to own/possess. Hopefully, New Jersey gets sued and we can finally get our ccw.


Thank you SAF. Im out of the NRA for their position on slicing more rights off of lae abiding firearm owners.

JR Bailey

The NRA and the saf and a couple of the other organizations have all capitulated on the bump stock issue!

We have been betrayed yet again!

I will never belonged to the NRA or the saf because they are traitors!

The other Jim

What prospective case is going to go up and do it? Possibly Sean McCarthy vs. Suffolk County P.D. (2:2017 CV01625)?