Judge stops DC from enforcing part of 'good reason' gun law

Updated at: 05/19/2015 9:54 AM
By JESSICA GRESKO and BEN NUCKOLS

(AP) WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who last year found the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home unconstitutional has now stopped the city from enforcing the centerpiece of the law it adopted in response.

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Monday barred the city from enforcing a portion of the law that says people can only get a permit to carry a gun outside their home or business if they show a good reason, such as a threat against them.

Scullin wrote that a foundation and three individuals that sued over the law have shown that they are likely to succeed in their lawsuit contending that the provision is unconstitutional. He granted a preliminary injunction preventing the city from enforcing that portion of the law.

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