Judge Strikes Down DC Ban on Handguns Outside Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

The lawsuit challenging the city's 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.


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