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How A New York Judge Struck Down A D.C. Gun Law

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U.S. District Senior Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.—the federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public for self-defense—has a reputation as a no-nonsense jurist who sticks closely to the text of the law.

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  • Uncle Bill

    Attacking where we can....

    What you have is a competent judge deciding the case according to the law (case and Constitution). But it does not fit the narrative, so we attack it on other grounds. I am reminded of the criticism of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as just another "outside agitator."

    The judge was also working against his own interests since his decision will do more to reduce the future criminal case load in D.C. than any other case decided in the last several years. Fewer rapes, fewer robberies, fewer murders.

    Too bad this didn‘t happen before Warren v. District of Columbia (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981).

    Read the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics report, "Firearm Violence, 1993-2011," (NCJ 241730) available here: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fv9311.pdf

  • Darren McKinney

    Settle down and lay off your caps key, Atticus. The fact that inbred "local" judges were reflexively inclined to uphold D.C.‘s plainly unconstitutional gun regulations is proof that we do indeed need the outsider likes of Judge Scullin to visit now and again so as to show us the error of our mindless leftwing ways. I‘ve been a law-abiding resident of D.C. for 26 years who votes, owns a home and pays plenty of taxes. And I should have every right to defend myself with deadly force, if necessary, when accosted and threatened by fatherless, soulless killers -- whether I‘m in my home or going about my lawful business around town.

  • ATTICUS

    THIS CALLS THE ENTIRE PRACTICE OF SITTING BY DESIGNATION INTO SERIOUS QUESTION. THE REALITY IS THAT THE DISTRICT COURT IN D.C. IS FULLY STAFFED NOW AND DOES NOT NEED ANY JUDGES FROM SOME OTHER JURISIDCTION SITTING BY DESIGNATION; THE FACT THAT JUDGE SCULLIN LIKES TO SPEND TIME IN D.C. IS NOT A GOOD REASON FOR HIM TO SIT ON CASES HERE, YET THAT IS THE REALITY OF WHY HE WAS THE ONE DECIDING THIS CASE. CONGRESS NEEDS TO RE-EXAMINE THE PRACTICE OF SITTING BY DESIGNATION -- IT HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A BOONDOGGLE ENABLER.

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