Washington, D.C., residents can carry guns in public, District of Columbia Appeals Court ruled Tuesday.
"Common-law rights developed over time, and American commentaries spell out what early cases imply: the mature right captured by the [Second] Amendment was not hemmed in by longstanding bans on carrying in densely populated areas," the federal appeals court said in its decision. "Its protections today don't give out inside the Beltway."
Gun owners may carry their guns in public even without a "good reason," which is defined by the court as a "special need for self-protection distinguishable from the general community as supported by evidence of specific threats or previous attacks that demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life."
The appeals court decided that the "good-reason" law "impinges on core Second Amendment conduct."
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