DC proposes concealed-carry licensing program

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials say residents will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they show a reason they need such a permit and complete extensive gun-safety training.

Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials said they plan to propose legislation that would make the District similar to a half-dozen states, including Maryland, where residents can be denied a concealed-carry permit if they don’t show a reason for seeking one.

In July, a federal judge struck down the District’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home. The judge put his ruling on hold to give the District time to rewrite its gun laws.

The D.C. Council will vote next week on the proposed emergency legislation.

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