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.”
Story Of Murdered New Jersey Woman Featured In Freedom’s Safest Place Campaign
Most A1F Daily readers know the story of Carol Bowne, the New Jersey hairdresser murdered in her driveway by her convicted felon ex-boyfriend while she waited for the state of New Jersey to approve her handgun permit. Just two days before her murder, Bowne had called state authorities wanting an update on the permit, which had been “processing” for more than a month.
Bowne’s story is told in the latest Freedom’s Safest Place video by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.
“Carol Bowne didn't choose to be utterly defenseless when her predator stabbed her to death in her driveway two days later,” LaPierre says in the 90-second spot. “That choice was made by the state of New Jersey. Government policies that deny us our right to defend our lives are not just ineffective. They are IMMORAL.”
Home Invader With Knife Shot By Resident In New Jersey
A man allegedly invaded a home in Florence Township, N.J., through an open garage door and was confronted by one of the residents, leading to a struggle in which the suspect stabbed the resident with a knife. The Courier Post Online reports that another person in the home then fired a gun at the suspect, hitting him in the arm and causing him to flee the premises.
Aided by a K-9 unit, officers later found the suspect hiding in a closet in an apartment. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, as was his victim, and will be charged with multiple offenses.