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Big Legal Victory for Carrying Handguns Outside the Home in City That Had Banned the Practice

"...the nation’s last explicit ban of the right to bear arms has bitten the dust."

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.

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In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home for self-defense.

The lawsuit challenging the city's ban was filed in 2009 by three District of Columbia residents, a New Hampshire resident and the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation.

The group's lawyer, Alan Gura, said he was pleased with the decision. Here's some of what he posted after the ruling:

With this decision...the nation’s last explicit ban of the right to bear arms has bitten the dust. Obviously, the carrying of handguns for self-defense can be regulated. Exactly how is a topic of severe and serious debate, and courts should enforce constitutional limitations on such regulation should the government opt to regulate. But totally banning a right literally spelled out in the Bill of Rights isn’t going to fly.

The city has the option to appeal the ruling.

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