A guest post by Stephen Gutowski, staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Leading gun rights groups say Washington, D.C.’s issuance of a limited number of gun carry permits has not lessened their objections to the city’s law. Though the Metropolitan Police Department has approved a handful of applicants to carry firearms in the city, gun rights organizations continue to argue that the permitting process is too restrictive. The groups slammed the District of Columbia’s actions as defying a federal judge’s order as well as the Constitution.
“Eight whole permits!” Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) president Philip Van Cleave said. “D.C.’s permitting system is a bad joke and does not even come close to what the judge ordered them to do. Hopefully the courts will force D.C. to follow the Constitution, as opposed to acting like a third world dictatorship.” A spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association (NRA) echoed Van Cleave.
“The NRA fundamentally disagrees with the District of Columbia’s discretionary permitting process,” National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said. “The fact that the D.C. government decides who has the ‘need’ to carry a firearm denies many law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment right to carry for self-protection.” The Second Amendment Foundation, whose legal actions forced the city to loosen its gun restrictions, also slammed the District’s issuing of so few permits.
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