D.C. chief arbitrarily changes "suitability" standard; lawsuit ensues

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D.C. chief arbitrarily changes "suitability" standard; lawsuit ensues

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Another "suitability" problem, and Whitaker's handgun never was returned to him despite no criminal wrongdoing by him.
New Lawsuit Reveals Big Problems With D.C. Carry Laws
Allen Whitaker, a single parent raising two daughters in the District, is a legal gun owner who’s had a valid concealed carry license since November of 2018. A few months ago, however, Whitaker was informed by the Metropolitan Police Department that his license to carry was being revoked. Not because of any conviction or even arrest, but because of a simple police contact with Whitaker back in April.

According to his lawsuit, Whitaker, along with his girlfriend and his cousin, had gone to a gun range in Upper Marlboro, Maryland on April 29th, and as they left the range he stored his firearm in a lockbox in the trunk of his car, but kept his empty holster on his hip. The couple stopped to pick up Whitaker’s daughter from her mother’s home, and then made a brief detour to a nearby convenience store so she could get something to drink.

A verbal altercation between some guys was taking place as Whitaker pulled in, but he parked away from the confrontation and went inside to buy some water. As he was walking back to the car, however, a Prince George’s County police cruiser pulled in front of him, and the officer got out of the car and pointed a gun at Whitaker and his cousin, ordering them to put their hands above their heads or he would shoot. When the officer patted Whitaker down, he found the empty holster and then placed Whitaker in handcuffs.

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If a simple encounter with a police officer that doesn’t lead to any criminal charges can still be the basis of denial for a concealed carry license, then it’s almost guaranteed that more black D.C. residents are either going to be denied their license to carry or have it revoked, as in Whitaker’s case, simply by virtue of them being subject to more police stops.

Leslie McAdoo Gordon, the D.C. attorney representing Allen Whitaker, told me that when she heard her client’s story for the first time, she was “appalled”, and thought ”this is wrong, and we need to do something about that.”
I wish him well fighting the bureaucracy.
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Wow, that is absolutely fucked. What reason could they possibly have drummed up in their minds to screw this poor guy over?

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What constitutes “contact”? Traffic violation? Is this clearly defined?


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