The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an emergency administrative stay of a ruling against the current gun carry law in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
The stay allows the city to continue enforcing the “good reason” clause contained within the law while the court considers whether or not to grant a long-term stay covering the length of city’s appeal.
The “good reason” clause, which was ruled unconstitutional by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on May 18, lets D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier decide whether applicants have a good reason to carry a firearm. The city has said it does not consider high crime rates or a general desire for self-defense applicable reasons under their law.
“It is absolutely not a surprise and not a big deal, except that considering the District’s lackadaisical approach to the appeal it was undeserved,” said Alan Gottlieb, the group’s founder. “This stay is only temporary.”
The circuit court also ordered the plaintiffs to file their arguments in the next phase of the appeal process by June 18 and the city to do the same by June 22.
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