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Attorney General Racine Asks Full D.C. Circuit to Review Panel’s Ruling Against District’s Rules for Handgun Public-Carry Licenses

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Marrisa Geller, Public Affairs Specialist: (202) 724-5448; [email protected]
Andrew Phifer, Public Affairs Specialist: (202) 741-7652; [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that he has asked the full United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a July 25 ruling by a three-judge panel of that Court in Grace v. D.C. and Wrenn v. D.C., two lawsuits challenging the conditions under which the District will issue licenses to permit carrying concealed handguns in public. Attorney General Racine today filed petitions for rehearing en banc in the cases.

“The District’s requirement that those requesting concealed-carry permits must have a ‘good reason’ for doing so is virtually identical to rules in other cities and states – requirements that four other federal appeals courts have left in place,” Attorney General Racine said. “We at the Office of Attorney General believe our common-sense gun rules are very much in line with Supreme Court precedent on the Second Amendment, which is why we have asked the full D.C. Circuit to reconsider the earlier 2-1 ruling by a panel of that court.”

A copy of the petition for rehearing is attached.