ACTING CHIEF, MAYOR SPEAK OUT AGAINST WEAKENING OF DC HANDGUN LAW
- Good Morning 5D Community,
On March 9, 2007, the US Court of Appeals issued a decision in Parker v.
District of Columbia, which weakens the District's gun law by
allowing people to have handguns in their homes. The 2-1 decision marks
the first time in US history that the Federal Appeals court has struck
down a portion of a gun law on Second Amendment grounds. Both Mayor
Adrian M. Fenty and Acting Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier voiced their
opposition to this decision. In a letter to the Washington Post, Lanier
stressed the negative impact this decision may have on the youth in the
District of Columbia. "District residents deserve every protection
afforded to them under District law," said Fenty. Under current
District Law, people are generally barred from having handguns in their
homes. The District of Columbia law will remain in effect at least until
April 9, while the city contemplates its option of seeking a rehearing.
The District could possibly appeal the matter to the US Supreme Court.
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Read the complete news release issued by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty:
Get information on DC's current gun law and gun safety information
at: http://mpdc.dc.gov/gunsafety <http://mpdc.dc.gov/gunsafety>
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