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Federal judge strikes down D.C. handgun ban

A federal judge has ruled that Washington, D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.

In a ruling made public late Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin wrote that in light of recent rulings, "there is no longer any basis" for the ban to stand. Specifically, Scullin cited the Supreme Court's ruling in 2010 that nixed Chicago's blanket handgun ban, and the high court's ruling in 2008 that struck down D.C.'s ban.

In the wake of that landmark 2008 decision, D.C. rewrote its gun law more narrowly to allow handguns in homes so long as they are registered.