Lawmakers and judges in favor of gun control have continually tried to weaken the Second Amendment and deny citizens of their constitutional protections and rights under the Second Amendment by imposing a “good reason” requirement. The Second Amendment was not written with any such condition and was purely a fabrication by forces intent on gutting the Second Amendment. This week, the Court said as much. The Supreme Court set the record straight in 2008 with its District of Columbia v. Heller decision—or so we thought. At a minimum, the Heller decision clarified that the Second Amendment does apply to individuals. However, lawmakers and gun control lobbies have skirted this ruling not by completely refusing a citizen the right to self-defense, but by forcing them to prove they have a “good reason.” Of course, the “good reason” requirement was merely a subversion of the law that allowed anti-gunners to deny people their protections guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
That is until now.
This week, the Second Amendment Foundation won a precedent-setting victory against “good reason” requirements for concealed carry in our Nation’s capital when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of such a requirement in Washington, D.C.
The 2-1 ruling was written by Judge Thomas Beall Griffith. Judge Griffith is a George W. Bush appointee, so he has been on the bench for over a decade. In Griffith’s writing of the decision he stated:
“At the Second Amendment’s core lies the right of responsible citizens to carry firearms for personal self-defense beyond the home, subject to longstanding restrictions… The District’s good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That’s enough to sink this law under (the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court’s Heller ruling).”
“Today’s ruling contains some powerful language that affirms what we have argued for many years, that requiring a so-called ‘good cause’ to exercise a constitutionally-protect right does not pass the legal smell test,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We’re particularly pleased that the opinion makes it clear that the Second Amendment’s core generally covers carrying in public for self-defense.” Lest any of The Shooter’s Log’s readers—or the people you will hopefully share this news with—believe this to be pro Second Amendment rhetoric or the personal opinion and rantings of a gun nut, the court went on to state in its 31-page majority opinion that the District of Columbia’s “good cause” requirement was essentially designed to prevent the exercise of the right to bear arms by most District residents. Therefore, the net effect of the requirement amounted to nothing more than a complete prohibition in direct contradiction to the 2008 Heller decision that struck down the District of Columbia’s 30-year handgun ban.
Judge Griffith continued, “The good-reason law, is necessarily a total ban on most D.C. residents’ right to carry a gun in the face of ordinary self-defense needs…” The Second Amendment Foundation, an organization that is no stranger to the pages of The Shooter’s Log, led the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) fight in Wrenn v. District of Columbia. After the decision was handed down, SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb released a statement saying, “To read the majority opinion and not come away convinced that such ‘good reason’ or ‘good cause’ requirements are just clever ways to prevent honest citizens from exercising their rights is not possible. To say we are delighted with the ruling would be an understatement. We are simply more encouraged to keep fighting and winning firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time.
What implication do you think the Wrenn v. District of Columbia decision will have in other areas of the country? Share your answers or opinions in the comment section.
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.