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DC gun ruling is on hold, but having an effect

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors in the District of Columbia have stopped charging people with carrying a handgun outside their home or business after a judge's ruling.

Until U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin's ruling in late July, city law prohibited handguns from being carried outside homes and businesses. The judge threw out the city's ban but also kept his ruling from going into effect until at least October.

Technically, that means someone caught carrying a handgun outside his or her home or business could still be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. However, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman William Miller says prosecutors have for now stopped charging new carrying-a-pistol cases. Instead, he says they are using other available weapons charges.

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