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Patrick Andrews isn’t the type of guy Republican congressmen had in mind when they sought to repeal D.C.’s handgun ban in an unsuccessful rider attached to the D.C. voting-rights bill. Andrews, a convicted murderer who fired 14 bullets into a car and killed a man in 2000, argued in an appeal that his related firearms convictions should be tossed because the Second Amendment protects his individual right to bear arms. But the D.C. Court of Appeals wasn’t buying it, despite a March ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that overturned key parts of the handgun ban. The unanimous ruling last week by a three-judge panel upheld all of Andrews’ convictions, stating it couldn’t abide by the federal ruling in Parker v. District of Columbia because of its own binding precedent from a 1987 case. That ruling found the Second Amendment guarantees a collective rather than an individual right to bear arms, which is opposite the conclusion reached in Parker. Only an en banc hearing by the entire D.C. Court of Appeals can overturn its own precedent. The ruling in Andrews’ case also noted that the Parker decision refers only to the constitutional right of D.C. residents to carry guns within their homes, not in public or automobiles. Andrews failed on both counts by shooting Deyon Rivers in the street and then being caught with the Glock 17 handgun in his Cadillac two weeks later.
Brendan Smith can be contacted at [email protected].

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