Tuesday, July 15, 2008

District Leaders Announce New Handgun Regulations

District residents will be able to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense but that right would be limited to the home and not outside it, city leaders said today, announcing new gun regulations in response to the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down the city's handgun ban.

Gun owners will have to pass vision and written tests, provide a photo with their application to register a gun, and submit their weapon for ballistics testing. Guns will also still require trigger locks.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles announced the regulations alongside D.C. Council Chairman Vincent G. Gray (D), Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and several other council members.

It ain't gonna fly....

The 5-4 majority decision said: “3.The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment.”

It doesn't get any clearer than that and the feeble attempt by the mayor and council to nip at the edges of this ruling will be struck down in short order.

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