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Buying a Gun in Washington, D.C. May Soon Get a Lot Easier

2nd Amend.

Buying a Gun in Washington, D.C. May Soon Get a Lot Easier

The DC City Council’s Committee on the Judiciary has just issued a 27-page “Report on Bill 19-614, ‘Firearms Amendment Act of 2012,’” which purports to liberalize the city’s notoriously draconian firearms registration laws. I haven’t had a chance yet to carefully review this report or the complex bill itself, written like most such bills (“replace subsection (b)(ii) with the following language”), but it seems clear from the guarded early language (“Bill 19-614 maintains core aspects of the District’s gun control law”) that the council is responding to the threat of further litigation, to say nothing of congressional intervention, while at the same time trying to assuage its local gun-control constituency. Indeed, that early language has a grudging air about it: after all, it was in June 2008 that the Supreme Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller, which found that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a firearm for self-defense within the home — no small matter in Washington — and here we are nearly four years later, still with no proper regulatory response to that ruling.

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