Denial of Petition for Rehearing of DC Handgun Ban Case

A Washington federal appeals court on Tuesday denied a petition for a rehearing of a decision that overturned portions of the District of Columbia’s thirty-one year old handgun ban.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit did not give an explanation for its refusal to revisit the March 9th ruling (Parker v. District of Columbia), which held the gun control law unconstitutional based on the Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s rights to bear arms, not only the rights of a militia. D.C. officials must now appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if they want to protect the gun law, which prohibited D.C. residents from keeping guns in their homes and carrying them without a license, and required owners of registered guns to store them unloaded, disassembled or with trigger locks.