Judge sides with DC in ongoing lawsuit over gun law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has sided with the District of Columbia in an ongoing dispute over the city’s strict gun laws.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled Monday that opponents are not entitled to a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of portions of the law while their lawsuit proceeds. Opponents immediately appealed the ruling.

Opponents object to portions of the law that require people who want to carry a gun in the city to show a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason” to carry the weapon.

Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling follows a lengthy legal back-and-forth. Opponents were initially granted a preliminary injunction by another judge in 2015. That ruling was appealed, and the appeals court ruled late last year that the judge didn’t have the authority to decide the case.