DC Gun-Carry Rights Case Blocked In Court

Little-known fact for our Law Shield members: Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where no one is allowed to legally carry a gun outside the home.

District residents are trying to challenge the law in court, but the justice system has denied them due process, reports Emily Miller at FoxNews.com. The almost five-year delay in Palmer v. District of Columbia is so extreme that some suspect political games, she writes in a May 9 column.

In August 2009, Tom Palmer and three other D.C. residents filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that said the total ban on carrying firearms — open or concealed — violated their Second Amendment rights.

On Tuesday, Alan Gura, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the Palmer case, filed a second writ of mandamus with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking it to force the lower court to issue a decision.

He will not speculate on the reason for the long wait, but says this is not normal.

“Delays of this nature are very uncommon — especially when you have a case where people are claiming that their fundamental civil rights are being violated,” the attorney said in an interview with Fox 5 on Friday.

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