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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.
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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 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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