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DC changes handgun laws

June 24, 2009 by  

DC changes handgun lawsIn order to avoid a lawsuit, the Washington DC government has issued new regulations that expand the number of models of handguns that residents can own.

The federal lawsuit was filed in March by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on behalf of three individuals who wanted guns that were not on the city’s existing list. Those who had been previously denied an opportunity to register their handguns will be invited to reapply under the new guidelines, SAF says.

"[T]he city had been disqualifying certain handguns based on such factors as color, even though they functioned identically to approved models," commented SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "This [ruling] ends that nonsense."

According to the Washington Post, the expanded list contains at least 1,000 additional types and models of handguns. In addition to permitting guns in the District that are legal in California, the city will also allow residents to apply to register handguns that are permissible in Massachusetts and Maryland.

Last year, in the District of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to strike down the city’s three-decades-old handgun ban as unconstitutional.
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