A federal judge has stopped Washington, D.C., from enforcing a requirement that concealed carry applicants show “good reason” to obtain a license.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s preliminary injunction on Tuesday is the latest development in a court fight that began several years ago. The case, Palmer v. District of Columbia, was filed in 2014, challenging the District’s law which required gun owners to demonstrate a “good” or “proper” reason to obtain a concealed carry permit.
“Because the right to bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both in and outside the home, I find that the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement likely places an unconstitutional burden on this right,” Leon wrote in a memorandum opinion on Tuesday.
Leon granted a preliminary injunction that “enjoins the District of Columbia from denying concealed carry licenses to applicants to meet all eligibility requirements other than the ‘good reason’ requirement.”