The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held in a 2-1 decision that public carrying of firearms is a “core” Second Amendment right, and that the District’s regulations amounted to a “total ban” on exercising that right. The ruling breaks with several federal appeals courts that upheld similar regulations in other states.

“For that long struggle against gun violence, you might see in today’s decision a defeat; you might see the opposite. To say whether it is one or the other is beyond our ken here. We are bound to leave the District as much space to regulate as the Constitution allows — but no more,” DC Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith wrote in the majority opinion.