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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Federal court refuses Alan Gura’s request for a decision on D.C. gun carry rights ban -- By Emily Miller, The Washington Times

** FILE ** Lawyer Alan Gura (Astrid Riecken/Special to to The Washington Times)Americans who live in the nation’s capital are the only ones who are not allowed to carry a gun outside the home under any circumstances, and the justice system refuses to help.

On Monday, a U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order denying a request to force a lower court to rule on Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenges the city’s outright ban on bearing arms.

Alan Gura is the attorney for Washington resident Tom Palmer and the other plaintiffs in the case. He filed a writ of mandamus to the appeals court in October to ask that it force the U.S. District Court to issue an opinion.

The circuit judges wrote that the delay was not “so egregious or unreasonable as to warrant the extraordinary remedy of mandamus at this time.”

They added that, “We are confident that the district court will act on the motions as promptly as its docket permits.”

The definition of "promptly" seems to mean something different in the federal court system than it does for the rest of us, as it took the appeals court two months to just decide that the lower court was not slow walking the case.

In fact, that appears to be exactly what is happening.

The Palmer case was first filed in Aug. 2009, and four years later, it has not gotten past first base.

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