A Washington DC ban on carrying more than 20 rounds was repealed on September 14th.
It’s the result of a lawsuit from civil activist Dick Heller, who is best known for his massive win in District of Columbia v. Heller.
A Washington, DC, regulatory limit on how much ammunition a concealed carry handgun permit holder can carry was removed after a local resident filed a lawsuit in federal court this summer.
On Sept. 14, Robert J. Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department gave notice to the US District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit that he had repealed the district’s ban on carrying more than 20 rounds, citing an emergency basis for the decision.
“On review of these developments, this regulation, its enforcement history, and in consideration of other regulations that govern concealed-carry licensees, the Chief has determined that emergency rulemaking action is prudent and necessary for the immediate preservation of the welfare of District residents and to enable the District to avoid accruing liability for attorney fees in legal challenges,” Contee wrote in the legal filing.
The lawsuit was filed on June 30th – in the lawsuit, Heller argued that the ban on more than 20 rounds of ammunition at a time was unconstitutional.
In the lawsuit filed on June 30 in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Heller argued that a DC regulation preventing holders of concealed pistol carry licenses from carrying more than 20 rounds of ammunition at a time was unconstitutional. Such a limit violates the US Constitution because there is no historical precedent for it, and it interferes with the right of a concealed carrier to properly use a firearm for self-defense in any public confrontations that may arise, according to the lawsuit, as The Epoch Times previously reported.
The legal action was one of many filed nationwide after the 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court on June 23 in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which recognized a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. Importantly, the ruling found that gun restrictions must be deeply rooted in American history if they are to survive constitutional scrutiny.
The founder and editor of The Reload, Stephen Gutowski, pointed out how successful Heller has been in getting gun control laws overturned.
At this point, DC should probably just consult with Dick Heller before they propose new gun restrictions. They keep caving to him before he can even beat them in court.
DC also seems to have become more squeamish about losing in court on their gun laws. They’ve mostly opted to avoid new fights with the federal courts they aren’t confident they can win. New York and California have taken a much riskier approach thus far.
Huge win for the Second Amendment!