FAIRFAX, Va. –
The National Rifle Association filed a second amended complaint in Dick
Anthony Heller et al v. District of Columbia in U.S. District Court.
NRA and other plaintiffs are asking the court to issue a preliminary
and permanent injunction to prevent the D.C. Council from implementing
laws that violate the Second Amendment and from enforcing its
prohibitions on the possession of commonly owned firearms.
Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist, said, “It's time to fully restore
the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding residents in the District of
Columbia. The D.C. Council’s latest gun registration scheme is proof of
D.C.’s continued contempt for the Supreme Court.”
NRA filed the original suit last summer after D.C. enacted a
restrictive gun registration law in response to the landmark Supreme
Court decision in the first District of Columbia v. Heller. The
historic Heller decision struck down D.C.’s long-standing ban on
handguns and self-defense in the home. The second amended complaint
challenges D.C.'s current laws, which will become permanent in early
April if not vetoed by Congress.
Under the current D.C. law, prospective gun owners are required to
pass a written test graded at the sole discretion of the Metropolitan
Police Department. They must also have vision better or equal to that
required to get a driver’s license (even for those who want to possess
a collector’s item), submit employment history for the past five years
and surrender all handguns for ballistics testing, among other
The current D.C. law is more stringent than California’s
draconian gun laws and bans many firearms commonly owned and used for
self-defense. Failure to satisfy these onerous requirements can result
in fines of up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
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