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Mendelson says he will appeal D.C. gun carry ruling

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WASHINGTON - D.C. is in the cross hairs of a Second Amendment fight. The city is the only place in the country that has a complete ban on carrying guns outside the home. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin ruled in the Palmer case that the law was unconstitutional and D.C. had to allow people to carry guns.

In an exclusive interview, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told FOX 5 on Thursday that he will appeal the gun carry ruling, making the information public for the first time.  

"The whole issue of the public carrying of a firearm is very complicated," Mendelson said. "And I believe the executive and the attorney general will continue with the appeal."

Also this week, the city asked the court for six more months to rewrite its gun laws. Right now, the city has until October 22. That's why Mendelson said gun carry will be at the top of the agenda when the city council returns from recess.

"What the court said very clearly was that a complete 100-percent ban on anybody being able to get a license to carry a handgun was unconstitutional. But there's a gray area between 100-percent ban and everybody can carry. And that's what we're working through."

FOX 5's Emily Miller spoke with George Lyon, one of the plaintiffs in this case, about the appeal. Lyon said he was disappointed that D.C. will appeal and draw out this issue. He also said that Judge Scullin's ruling clearly said that it applied to law abiding people in D.C. who want to carry a gun for self-defense, and obviously the court order was not directed to dangerous people or felons.

While Second Amendment advocates say the issue is a simple one, Mendelson twice said that allowing gun carry is "complicated."


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