Not as happy was Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department, a longtime and staunch opponent of armed citizens who don't have badges. The day after Scullin's decision was handed down, she was compelled to issue orders to keep her troops from running afoul of the court's order.
"Effective immediately, pursuant to the decision in Palmer ... and the directive of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, members of the Metropolitan Police Department shall not enforce D.C. Official Code ... until further notice," Lanier instructed via a teletype instruction to all members.
Included with that order were three sample scenarios to help District cops differentiate between newly-protected activities and those still prohibited. A D.C. resident carrying an unregistered firearm should be so charged. A Vermont resident with no criminal record would be free to leave (with the potential for further investigation), and a Virginia resident with felony convictions should be arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm.
There was one other caution made necessary by Scullin's definitive order.
"[M]embers of the Firearms Registration Section are prohibited from refusing registration of handguns solely on the basis that the objective of the applicant is to carry the handgun in public for self-defense," the impact statement warned.
The next day brought additional clarifying instructions from Lanier, issued "to assist members in making immediate enforcement decisions" pending resolution of legal issues. These were disseminated to the department via another official teletype and to the public through MPD's Office of Communications.
The additional guidance noted "the ruling applies only to handguns," and that it was still a criminal violation for citizen to carry long guns or shotguns. Emphasizing that...