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Lanier clarifies rules for carrying guns in D.C.

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Lanier clarifies rules for carrying guns in D.C.

Further developments will be forthcoming, but for now, the city appears to be catching its breath after a rapid weekend response.

“Effective immediately, pursuant to the decision in Palmer … and the directive of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, members of the Metropolitan Police Department shall not enforce D.C. Official Code … until further notice,” that directive instructed.

It also provided three sample scenarios, the first noting a D.C. resident carrying an unregistered firearm should be so charged, the second noting a Vermont resident with no criminal record would be free to leave (with the potential for further investigation), and the third instructing a Virginia resident with felony convictions should be arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm.

“In addition, members of the Firearms Registration Section are prohibited from refusing registration of handguns solely on the basis that the objective of the applicant is to carry the handgun in public for self-defense,” the impact statement cautioned.

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