Federal Appeals court strikes down parts of D.C. gun registration requirements

A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional some of the District’s handgun registration laws, including requirements that gun owners re-register firearms every three years and are limited to registering only one pistol per month. Among the provisions that the appeals court struck down Friday was a requirement that registrants bring their firearms with them to MPD headquarters to be inspected and registered by police noting that the District had offered no “substantial evidence” that the requirement enhances public safety. Also overturned were provisions that gun owners are limited to registering only one pistol per month. The case follows a lawsuit filed by Dick Anthony Heller that led the Supreme Court in 2008 to overturn the District’s 32-year ban on virtually all handgun ownership. After the city adopted gun laws to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, Mr. Heller again sued the District over the laws. The District argued that by limiting the number of guns that could be registered, the city would crack down on illegal firearms trafficking by limiting the number of guns in circulation. Judge Ginsburg said that the District failed to provide evidence to that end, writing that the “conclusion that limiting gun registrations would likewise reduce trafficking is the suggestion that a gun trafficker would bring fewer guns into the District because he could not register more than one per month there lacks the support of experience and of common sense.” The court did uphold other parts of the law, including the requirement that gun owners be fingerprinted and photographed. The practice “will directly and materially advance public safety by preventing at least some ineligible individuals from obtaining weapons and, more important, by facilitating identification of the owner of a registered firearm during any subsequent encounter with the police.”

Outstanding ruling! And, its VERY fair! So, kudos once again to Mr. Heller for taking on D.C.’s fascist mayor and chief of police (who are pissed! lol) in the courtroom. Every law abiding gun owner in D.C. should thank Mr. Heller for taking them on, and wining in the courtroom. Excellent!! 🙂

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