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Press release opposing US Circuit Court opinion in Parker v. District of Columbia and Adrian Fenty
March 9, 2007




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March 9, 2007
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Fenty Administration Decries Weakening of DC Handgun Law
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Vows to Contest U.S. Court of Appeals Decision

Today District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty committed to fighting the U.S. Court of Appeals, 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 U.S. history that the Federal Appeals court has struck down a portion of a gun law on Second Amendment grounds.

Mayor Fenty said, “I am strongly opposed to the Court’s decision. District residents deserve every protection afforded to them under District law. I will instruct my Attorney General and the Solicitor General to explore every legal option that will uphold the City’s gun ban.”

While the City moves to petition the full Court of Appeals for rehearing, the District’s handgun law will remain in effect and will continue to be enforced by District authorities.

If unchanged, the ruling will allow residents to possess handguns in their homes.  Currently, District law prohibits the registration of virtually all handguns. In 1976 District of Columbia lawmakers banned residents from owning handguns.

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 rehearing. The District could possibly appeal to the Supreme Court.

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