A judge upheld the gun laws that the District of Columbia passed to comply with the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city’s decades-old ban on handgun possession, reports the Washington Post. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said the new regulations were crafted to make the streets safer and aren’t so restrictive that they violate the Second Amendment guarantee of a person’s right to own a gun for self-defense. “It is beyond dispute that public safety is an important — indeed, a compelling — governmental interest,” Urbina wrote.
The judge upheld the city’s handgun registration process, which requires owners to submit fingerprints and allow police to perform ballistics tests. He also upheld a city ban on most semiautomatic pistols. Washington City Council member Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, said the ruling shows the city reached the correct balance between the rights of residents and the need to promote public safety. The city requires that legally registered revolvers be kept unloaded and either disassembled or secured with trigger locks, unless the owner reasonably fears immediate harm by an intruder in the home.