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D.C. Council Approves Gun Law Changes

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The D.C. Council is looking to roll back some of the provisions on the books regarding gun ownership in the District.
The D.C. Council is looking to roll back some of the provisions on the books regarding gun ownership in the District.

The D.C. Council has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make it easier to own a gun in the city. The changes in the bill include eliminating a vision test as well as ballistics testing, but also adds a ban on some types of ammunition.

Rules about gun ownership in D.C. are still being adjusted as a result of the 2008 Supreme Court decision that ended a 32-year-old handgun ban in the nation's capital. In Heller vs. District of Columbia, the justices ruled individuals have the right to possess guns for self-defense, but also said that governments can impose reasonable restrictions.

The bill approved today does not change registration requirements, which are still quite stringent. The measure will get a final vote before being sent to the mayor for his approval.


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