Jul 28, 2014 14:07 Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home Advocate story July 28, 2014 Comments By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional. In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home for self-defense. The lawsuit challenging the city’s ban was filed in 2009 by three District of Columbia residents, a New Hampshire resident and the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation. The group’s lawyer, Alan Gura, said he was pleased with the decision. The city has the option to appeal the ruling.