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Federal judge overturns DC public ban on guns

WASHINGTON--A federal judge on Saturday ruled that the ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the U.S. capital is unconstitutional.

In a 19-page opinion, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that “there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.

“Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia's complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”

It is unclear if the defendants — the District of Columbia as represented by Police Chief Cathy Lanier — will appeal the ruling.

The lawsuit plaintiffs included two Washington residents who were denied permits to openly carry handguns for self-defense.

Washington D.C., the District of Columbia, is wedged between the states of Virginia — which allows people to openly carry a gun — and Maryland, which has stricter rules on gun ownership.

Currently 44 of the 50 U.S. states allow people to openly carry handguns.

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