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Judge Frederick Scullin has agreed to postpone his ruling that overturns D.C.'s ban on handguns.
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Judge Frederick Scullin has agreed to postpone his ruling that overturns D.C.'s ban on handguns.

The federal judge who struck down the District's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is staying his order.

Judge Frederick Scullin has agreed to postpone his ruling that overturns D.C.'s ban on handguns in public for 90 days. The city's attorney general — in coordination with the mayor and the police chief — file a request for stay late yesterday.

Scullin's ruling, which was released last Saturday, concluded that the ban is unconstitutional. In response, the city's police department was forced to immediately change how it enforced D.C.'s gun laws. It meant that police couldn't arrest people in D.C. for carrying legally registered handguns outside their homes.

The group that brought the lawsuit against DC did not oppose the 90 day stay. The judge also reiterated that his ruling applies only to handguns and not other types of deadly weapons.

In the meantime, officials in D.C. will have about three months to respond, whether that's filing an appeal or changing the laws to comply with the ruling.

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