The issue of gun rights is once again at the forefront of the media in Washington on Tuesday, as a federal appeals court considers a restriction that will require those who apply for a concealed firearms permit to demonstrate “good reason” to fear injury.
The law at the heart of the case is one that is based on similar provisions already in place in Maryland, New York and New Jersey.
The case involves a number of plaintiffs who are challenging the law, including a man who was denied a permit this year because he was unable to prove “good or proper reason” to support his request. The man, who owns four legally registered handguns, was seeking to carry them outside of his home for the purpose of self-defense.
Both appeals will be heard on Tuesday by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
A lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case states that DC officials have the power to decide whether an applicant has a “good reason” to obtain a concealed carry permit on a case-by-case basis.
District of Columbia lawyers, on the other hand, say that Washington is an exception because its population includes a large number of high ranking officials and diplomats. Washington also hosts political protests, events and marches.