“I am a registered gun owner, but I feel that I’m in more danger on the streets of Washington, D.C. than inside my home,” Miller said, according to Fox 2. “So when D.C. recently passed a new law allowing for some rights to carry a gun outside the home, I decided to apply for a permit.”
Here’s the backstory as reported by KTVU:
Until July, Washington, D.C. was the only place in the country did not allow for any right to carry a gun outside the home.
A federal district court judge ruled in the Palmer case that the total ban was unconstitutional.
The D.C. attorney general said last week that the city will appeal the ruling. While the issue goes through the courts, the Metropolitan Police Department has started giving out applications, so I went to the firearms registration office to start the process.
The first obstacle Miller hit was that she had to “prove” she needed a “concealed carry as opposed to just wanting one.” She had to demonstrate a specific threat — the right to self-defense against D.C.’s rising crime rate due, no doubt in part, to an unarmed citizenry wasn’t enough.
“Prove a need for a constitutional right?” Miller asks. “That’s what D.C.’s new law says.”