Appeals court strikes down parts of DC’s gun laws

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A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional parts of Washington, D.C.’s gun laws.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 Friday that the city cannot require gun owners to re-register a gun every three years, make a gun available for inspection or pass a test about firearms laws. The court also struck down a ban on registering more than one pistol per month.

The court upheld other parts of the law, such as requiring gun owners to be fingerprinted and photographed and to complete a safety training course.

The District of Columbia passed the laws after a landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.

A federal judge had previously upheld the registration laws.


Contributed by: Jacob J. Rieper, Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs, NYS Rifle and Pistol Association (

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