by Barbara Yeomans
In July, a three-judge panel of the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a permanent injunction against DC’s enforcing a requirement for carrying a concealed handgun. A permit applicant had to demonstrate, among other things, a “good or other proper reason” for a permit. This decision was issued under combined cases Wrenn v. DC and Grace v. DC. The District then appealed this decision to the full District Court. Subsequently, the Court decided not to accept the case, allowing the earlier injunction to stand. DC had an option to appeal to the Supreme Court within a specified period.
On October 5, DC Attorney General Karl Racine announced the District’s decision not to appeal the case. The public release from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) noted that, “A loss in the Supreme Court could affect similar gun regulations in other jurisdictions – including in near-by states like Maryland, New Jersey and New York. The proliferation of guns in those places can have spillover effects for the safety of District residents.” The release’s attachment addresses the requirements for concealed carry remaining in place.