The measure would ban the carry of such weapons in public buildings or in the vicinity of the White House.
2:34pm UK, Tuesday 23 September 2014
Gun owners may be allowed to carry their weapons on the streets of Washington DC for the first time since the 1970s under a measure to be voted on by the city council on Tuesday.
The legislation would allow concealed carry of firearms in public in the nation’s capital, though with a number of restrictions.
Applicants for such a licence would have to provide a “good reason” for carrying such a weapon outside the home.
They would also have to undergo 16 hours of classroom training and two hours of firing-range training.
The measure would ban the carry of handguns openly, or in schools, hospitals, government buildings, stadiums, premises licensed to serve alcohol, or on public transport.
The measure would prohibit the carry of such weapons within 1,000ft of a dignitary under police protection.
And at the request of the Secret Service, handguns could not be carried in the vicinity of the White House.
The bill would be in effect for 90 days, giving the council time to draft more permanent legislation.
The DC Council’s lawmakers scrambled to craft the measure after a federal judge two months ago found the District’s ban on carrying weapons in public to be unconstitutional.