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Monday, September 21, 2015

D.C. Gun-Control Laws Struck Down By Court

Dick Heller, the lead plaintiff in the historic 2008 Supreme Court case that invalidated Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban, prevails again. Heller’s third installment of lawsuits led to the finding that provisions of the 2008 Firearms Registration Amendment Act were unconstitutional. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday in the NRA-supported case of Heller v. District of Columbia that the city cannot require gun owners to reregister a gun every three years, make a gun available for inspection, pass a test about firearm laws or be limited to one handgun a month.

Calling the ruling a “substantive win” for the Second Amendment, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox applauded the court’s decision. “For too long, the D.C. government has violated the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” he said. “This opinion makes it a little easier for lawful D.C. residents to own firearms for self-defense.”