Federal court strikes down DC anti-concealed carry law

Federal court strikes down DC anti-concealed carry law
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A federal appeals court reportedly ruled on Tuesday that a Washington, D.C., law requiring people to prove they have "proper reason" for a concealed-carry gun permit is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the law, which requires people to show "proper reason to fear injury" in order to carry a firearm, is unconstitutional and a violation of D.C. residents' Second Amendment rights. 

According to the law, acceptable reasons to get a permit included jobs that required employees to protect valuables or if an individual had been threatened. 

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The court's divided three-judge panel overruled several lower courts, which disagreed on the constitutionality of the law. 

Judge Karen Henderson dissented, saying the law was constitutional.

Washington Attorney General Karl Racine told NBC4 that Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser will fight for "common-sense gun rules" alongside the D.C. City Council. 

"The District of Columbia's 'good reason’ requirement for concealed-carry permits is a common-sense gun regulation, and four federal appeals courts have rejected challenges to similar laws in other states," Racine said in a statement. 

The city can ask the full appeals court to review the ruling.