Last month, the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to California's concealed carry ban. Even though the Second Amendment protects a right to "bear arms," the Supreme Court allowed the ban to stay in place.
Well, when one door closes, another opens. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals just struck down Washington DC's radical concealed carry law!
For a little background, the District of Columbia is one of a few ‘states’ that have a may-issue concealed carry permitting scheme. That means that the government has the ultimate say over whether you should be allowed to carry a gun. This latest ruling has determined, once again, that this may-issue standard is unconstitutional.
In Washington DC, applicants are forced to prove they have a “good reason” to carry a gun. In New Jersey, another may-issue state, this standard is known as “justifiable need.” New York has a “good cause” requirement. Maryland requires residents to prove a “good and substantial reason” to exercise a Constitutional right.
The logic behind the Appeals Court's ruling is simple: If the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear (carry) arms, then a state cannot force someone to come up with a “good reason” to be allowed to bear a firearm.
This is a major victory, but liberal anti-gun activists are vowing to get this ruling overturned!
We are now in a race against time. Justice Kennedy still hasn't retired. If a concealed carry case reaches the Supreme Court with him on the bench, then the anti-gunners will likely win.
Liberals are now plotting to appeal the case directly to the Supreme Court in the hopes of getting them to hear it before Kennedy retires. Otherwise, President Trump would be able to appoint a pro-gun judge to replace him. This decision out of the DC Circuit was a total surprise. But we don't have time to celebrate. It is now more important than ever to fight.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act now has 207 co-sponsors in the House and more than two-thirds of all Republicans in the Senate. This bill would take the issue of concealed carry away from the courts and make it legal nationwide.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would force states to treat carry permits like they treat driver's licenses. If someone is licensed or allowed to carry in one state, then they can carry nationwide. This is the way the founder's intended it.
As good as this latest ruling is, it presents a serious risk. If it reaches the Supreme Court before Trump is able to nominate a new Justice to replace Kennedy when he retires, then we could lose the right to carry completely.
We are doubling down and DEMANDING that Congress pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, but we need your help!
President Trump firmly supports reciprocity and has promised to sign the bill. He also promised to only appoint pro-gun judges and he did that when he nominated Gorsuch. He is doing everything he can to expand the Second Amendment, but he can't do it all alone.
That is why he needs you to take action and pressure Congress to finally hold a vote on carry reciprocity. Paul Ryan is even starting to get questions about concealed carry at his press conference and is having a hard time making excuses.
The time to strike is NOW! If Congress passes this legislation, it would bypass these activist judges entirely and make concealed carry legal nationwide!
Don't stop fighting!