A 3 judge panel has struck down some of DC’s gun laws. In the Heller IIIÂ case. The Court threw out their gun rationing scheme, which is good news. The panel struck down the requirement that gun owners re-register every three years, appear in person, but upheld registration and training in general. The full opinion can be found here:
For the reasons set forth above, the district courtâ€™s final order is AFFIRMED with respect to: the basic registration requirement as applied to long guns, D.C. Code Â§7- 2502.01(a); the requirement that a registrant be fingerprinted and photographed and make a personal appearance to register a firearm, D.C. Code Â§ 7-2502.04; the requirement that an individual pay certain fees associated with the registration of a firearm, D.C. Code Â§ 7-2502.05; and the requirement that registrants complete a firearms safety and training course, D.C. Code Â§ 7-2502.03(a)(13). The district courtâ€™s order is REVERSED with respect to the requirement that a person bring with him the firearm to be registered, D.C. Code Â§ 7- 2502.04(c); the requirement that a gun owner re-register his firearm every three years, D.C. Code Â§7-2502.07a; the requirement that conditions registration of a firearm upon passing a test of knowledge of the Districtâ€™s firearms laws, D.C. Code Â§7-2502.03(a)(10); and the prohibition on registration of â€œmore than one pistol per registrant during any 30-day period,â€ D.C. Code Â§ 7-2502.03(e).
Mixed bag, really. I’d probably not want to file cert on this case unless there’s a change on the Supreme Court that would make it stronger on the Second Amendment. It would be risky taking a case challenging these issues forward.
h/t Dave Hardy