DC Gov Sets Up Impossible Concealed Carry System

The courts struck down DC’s unconstitutional gun ban, so DC instituted an impossible system for getting a concealed carry permit.

“Your honor, we need more time.”


When the judge struck down Washington DC’s preposterously illegal gun ban, the city acted as if simply acknowledging the right to keep and bear arms was an unworkable burden. They claimed they needed time to implement a correct system.

So what did the city rulers do with the time that the court allowed them?

According to the Washington Post,

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.

One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

The disparity is emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.

The Metropolitan Police Department, working off legislation adopted by D.C. lawmakers last month, released the concealed carry applications on its website at about 7 p.m. Wednesday — hours before the stay of U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.’s order was set to expire.

The regulations firm up the details of the application process, including establishing a $75 cost to apply for a permit.

But it’s unlikely anyone will be walking out of police headquarters with the license anytime soon.

Police officials said a solicitation to firearms instructors was not issued until Monday for the course, which involves 16 hours of classroom safety training and two hours of proficiency training on the gun range.

Several firearms instructors who are certified to train security guards have told the department that they are working to develop courses to satisfy the concealed carry application requirements, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

“Once they submit their applications, we will quickly process their applications,” she said.

Except they are requiring these trainers to pay $435 for a certification. They also have not bothered to appoint the members of the Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board, which is supposed to be the group you can appeal to if the Police Chief denies you a permit.

[See also, “The Second Amendment Is the Antidote to Lone Wolf Terrorism]

So basically, the government can throw sand in the gears and stall court-mandated change for years.

What I learn from this is that, when the government is found to be doing something unconstitutional, the unconstitutional law should be immediately ended. From the moment the court ruled, everyone should have been able to concealed carry, using a copy of the Second Amendment as their permit.