On July 27, the District of Columbia Attorney General’s office said it “will seek a stay” regarding federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.’s July 26 ruling striking down D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns in public.
Breitbart News reported that Scullin ordered the ban halted “unless and until” DC adopts “a constitutionally valid licensing mechanism.”
Syracuse.com pointed out that Scullin said that D.C. “appears to be the only jurisdiction with a complete ban” on carrying guns in public for self-defense. He added, “There is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”
The outlet also reported that Ted Gest, spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General, said that the city is “asking the judge to stop his ruling from going into effect during any appeal.”