Federal Judge Upholds D.C.’s Tough Gun-Registration Laws


A federal judge has upheld Washington, D.C.’s tough gun registration laws, finding that regulations written in response to a landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision “pass constitutional scrutiny,” the Washington Post reports. In 2008, the Supreme Court used a D.C. case brought by the same plaintiff to declare that the Second Amendment guarantees a person's right to own a firearm for self-defense.

The lawsuit, one of many that have challenged gun restrictions, took on the District's post-2008 regulations that banned large-capacity magazines and assault weapons. The city also imposed stringent registration requirements for handguns and long guns. The city's gun registry, run by the D.C. police department, prohibits residents from registering more than one gun a month. Owners must appear in person at police headquarters to be photographed and fingerprinted; complete firearms training; and pass a test. The registration expires after three years. “Asking gun owners to take a short class and pass a minor test — once — in order to wield deadly weapons fits the District's interests in public safety and police protection,” wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg.

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