(WASHINGTON TIMES) D.C. police officers were instructed late Sunday not to arrest people for carrying legally registered handguns on city streets in the wake of a judge’s ruling that determined the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public was unconstitutional.
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier sent out an internal memo to officers late Sunday telling them not to arrest individuals found carrying handguns that are either legally registered in the District or in other states. Officers may still stop individuals to inquire about the legality of the weapon and run checks on a person to determine if they are a felon and ineligible from owning a gun.
“Unfortunately the recent court ruling has left many unanswered questions,” said Chief Lanier in a statement issued Monday. “We are meeting with the legal team for the City now to try to get those answers.”