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Hundreds Apply for Concealed Carry Permits in DC, Despite Not Living There

Hundreds Apply for Concealed Carry Permits in DC, Despite Not Living There
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By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 11:19 AM

Washington, D.C., police have been flooded with requests for licenses to carry loaded, concealed handguns within the city, but department records show less than half the applicants live in the District, The Washington Post reports.

D.C. police have received requests from more than 700 people in the months following a court order forcing city officials to reign in gun control laws. There were only 123 concealed carry permits before the ruling, and 77 percent of applicants were rejected for not listing a "good reason," according to the department.

"It's easier, but it's not easy in the sense that any Joe can get a license to carry," City Council Chairman Peter Mendelson told the paper. "The city is not safer with more guns, but we respect constitutional rights, and our law conforms."

Despite the change, firearms are not allowed everywhere in the city. Handguns are forbidden from public memorials, schools, hospitals, sports stadiums and the U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds.

Police Chief Peter Newsham added that open carry is not permitted under the law, and that those who have concealed carry licenses must keep their weapons out of public view.

"To the extent it's exposed to the public or the police, there will be a stop, there will be an inquiry and they will be asked to show a permit," he said.

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