Rutledge Commends D.C. Court for Blocking Unconstitutional Gun Law
July 26, 2017
Arkansas Attorney General joined amicus brief in 2016 urging the Court to strike down permitting scheme
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge commended the action of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for agreeing with a brief she signed and striking down a restrictive and unlawful firearm law that had been put in place by the Washington, D.C. City Council.
“The D.C. Circuit recognized an important fact: while a government may create reasonable permitting laws consistent with the Constitution, it cannot go beyond that to effectively nullify the Second Amendment,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The D.C. Council clearly intended to prevent a large majority of D.C. citizens from lawfully carrying a weapon, and the Court correctly decided that this permitting scheme was inconsistent with our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
Under the law, the District refused to issue a public-carry license to any law-abiding citizen unless the District believed, on a case-by-case basis, that a citizen had “good reason to fear injury.” Rutledge believed, and the D.C. Circuit agreed, that such a scheme would make it almost impossible for a normal, law-abiding citizen to obtain a license to carry a firearm, thus infringing upon Second Amendment rights.
Led by Arizona, Rutledge and 14 of her colleagues filed a brief with the court last August urging the court to find the law unconstitutional.