- A Federal appeals court ruled that several provisions of DC’s gun laws violated the Constitution’s right to bear arms, although the city is going to appeal the decision
- The rejected requirements:
- Firearm registration at a local police department
- Registration renewal requirement every 36 months
- Limitation of one gun per-month registration
- Passing a test on local laws
A federal appeals court struck down several provisions of the District of Columbia’s gun registration law on Friday.
The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled two to one that a number of sections from the city’s Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 are unconstitutional. The court found that laws requiring citizens of the district bring their firearms to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headquarters for registration, to re-register their firearms every three years, to only register one gun per month, and to pass a test on local laws violate the Second Amendment.
The court also upheld some of the provisions of the law including the city’s requirement that all gun owners be fingerprinted and photographed as part of registering their firearms.
The ruling represents the third time in just over a year that Washington, D.C., gun laws have been declared unconstitutional by a federal court. In July 2014, a federal district court ruled the city’s total ban on the carry of firearms in public unconstitutional. The same court ruled in May 2015 the gun carry law D.C. passed in response to the earlier decision was also unconstitutional.
The city has appealed that ruling and the case is set to be argued again later this year.
The Second Amendment Foundation, a plaintiff in the case, said Friday’s ruling was good news for their case against the city.
“Any time a Federal Appeals Court strikes down any anti-gun law it is a great victory for gun rights,” said Alan Gottlieb, the group’s founder. “I think this ruling is going to really help the Second Amendment Foundation’s Wrenn v. District of Columbia case that is challenging the DC carry law requiring ‘good cause’ or ‘special need’ to get a permit that is now before the same Federal Appeals Court.”
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