Minor Second Amendment Victory in “Heller III” Case

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed down a ruling Friday in the case of Heller v. District of Columbia (Heller III), striking down several of the more restrictive provisions of the District of Columbia’s newly enacted gun ownership laws. Dick Heller, the man who filed the case that resulted in the Supreme Court’s historic 2008 Heller decision, returned to the courts again, facing a city government that dragged its heels in a grudging response to the original verdict.

Commanded to allow its citizens to possess firearms, the District passed one of the most onerous and draconian possession laws in the U.S., and key provisions of that law have now been ruled unconstitutional. It was a partial victory, however, in that several other key provisions challenged in the case, including registration, were upheld. More analysis can be found here:

The panel struck down the requirement that gun owners re-register every three years, appear in person, but upheld registration and training in general.

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