D.C. Mayor Signs Legislation Allowing Handguns

You're closer to being able to apply for a concealed handgun carry permit in the nation's capital.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a law allowing residents and non-residents to apply for the permits, but it will be another 10-12 days before applications can actually be accepted, News4's Mark Segraves reports.

The immediate impact on the prosecution of people charged with carrying a pistol without a license remains unclear.

After a federal judge struck down the district's complete ban on issuing carry permits, the U.S. attorney stopped prosecuting those charged with carrying a handgun without a permit.

Since the district is still not accepting permit applications, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney said their office will continue to review those charged on a case-by-case basis.

The new law will not allow for the open carry of handguns and restricts where and when permit holders will be allowed to carry handguns with limits near government buildings, presidential motorcades, as well as near foreign dignitaries.

Gun rights advocates say the new law is too restrictive and they plan to take D.C. back to court.

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