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Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

Judges strikes down Washington, DC, ban on handguns outside homes

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. capital's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.

In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home for self-defense.

The lawsuit challenging the Washington, D.C., ban was filed in 2009 by three District of Columbia residents, a New Hampshire resident and the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation.

The group's lawyer, Alan Gura, said he was pleased with the decision. The city has the option to appeal the ruling.


Updated : 2021-01-22 04:07 GMT+08:00