Wednesday, July 26, 2017


by Bob Walsh

Acting yesterday the District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled, by a vote of 2-1, that D.C. can NOT continue to enforce it's "good cause" requirement for issuing of a gun permit.

The ruling specified that law "must enable the typical citizen to carry as gun." The city government was practically having kittens and may appeal the matter to the full panel of the court.

A similar 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled some time back the same thing in the People's Republic of California, though a subsequent ruling of the full panel of judges overturned that ruling. The matter is being appealed and, with competing decisions hither and yon, it seems likely that SCOTUS will be compelled to rule on the matter.

The "good cause" rule is open to wide interpretation. leading to major problems. For instance the last time I checked there was not one gun permit issued by the city of Los Angeles. Not one. There were less than 20 in San Francisco, where the ;primary definition of "good cause" is political connection. Until recently in Orange County good cause was defined as donating at least $10,000 to the Sheriff's reelection campaign. In many of the counties in CA the desire to carry a firearm to protect yourself is considered to be "good cause."

If Donald Trump does nothing else but appoint judges that can read and correctly interpret the Constitution I will consider his presidency to have been a success.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm going to DC the end of the month. Carrying a Glock 23.