For decades anti-Second Amendment bureaucrats in Washington D.C. have done everything they can to deny basic constitutional rights to those who live in the Nation's Capitol. But after being denied the ability to ban guns and any form of carry completely, the city's gun control proponents are losing as hundreds of law abiding citizens voluntarily fill out background checks and submit concealed carry applications.
Federal background checks tripled last month in the nation’s capitol after city officials said they wouldn’t appeal a circuit court ruling on its concealed carry law.
Some 217 Washington, D.C. residents submitted applications to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in October. More than two-thirds sought concealed handgun licenses, according to federal data, compared with just one permit application the month before.
Of the 301 permit checks completed so far this year, 48 percent were submitted last month. It’s the single biggest month for concealed handgun permits in the city’s history, according to federal data.
In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down D.C.'s requirement a citizen has a "good reason," determined by the police department, to carry a firearm.
People who want to carry a gun on the streets of the nation’s capital no longer need to show a “good reason” to obtain a concealed-weapons permit after a court order took effect Friday morning.
The order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia took effect shortly after 8 a.m. — less than 24 hours after D.C. officials announced they would not ask the Supreme Court to review the decision in Wrenn v. District of Columbia.
The D.C. City Council and police chief regularly denied more than 75 percent of permits on this standard, but those days are over. However, the concealed carry process in D.C. is still extreme and requires a dozen hours of D.C. sanctioned training in addition to expensive fees unaffordable to most who live in the District.