- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

A federal judge on Thursday rejected the District’s request to indefinitely postpone his ruling granting residents the right to carry guns in public, but he said lawyers for the city can ask for a limited extension of the stay in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. denied a motion to delay the implementation of the ruling through any potential appeals. The ruling, which would allow gun owners in the District to carry registered firearms outside of the home, is currently under a 90-day stay until Oct. 22.

The District had sought further delays as lawmakers attempt to draft legislation to regulate the carrying of guns within city limits.

On Wednesday, lawmakers announced details of proposed legislation that would grant the right to individuals who could prove they had a “good reason” to carry a firearm. The draft legislation is expected to be circulated Thursday and voted on by the D.C. Council at a Tuesday meeting.

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan has not decided whether to appeal the judge’s ruling, though he did ask the judge reconsider the decision, arguing that Judge Scullin erred in his decision.

“No controlling court decision has found that the Second Amendment protects a right to carry firearms in public,” Mr. Nathan wrote in the reconsideration request.
Judge Scullin has not ruled on the reconsideration motion.

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