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Court hears challenges to Washington's gun-carry law

In practice, the DC government just trickles out licenses for carrying firearms, which must be concealed in clothing or a bag, to the consternation of supporters of the Second Amendment's right to bear armsA US federal appeals court heard challenges Tuesday to Washington’s strict gun-carry law, a battle in the debate over firearms that has divided the country and the two presidential candidates. Lawyers representing the District of Columbia (DC), the other name for the US capital Washington, faced tough questions from the appeals court judges. The city, home to the White House, Congress, political organizations and international bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, makes it difficult for gun owners to carry concealed weapons.

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