Washington DC city council passes handgun ban amendment Mike Rosen-Molina at 9:17 PM ET
[JURIST] The Washington DC City Council on Tuesday passed emergency temporary legislation [PDF text; press release] to amend the city's long-standing ban on handguns. The amendment is intended to bring the city ordinance more in line with the recent US Supreme Court decision [JURIST report] in District of Columbia v. Heller [Duke Law backgrounder], which found that the ban violated the Second Amendment [text] to the US Constitution. The new rule requires residents to pass a background check, an eye exam, and a ballistics test before being allowed to register a gun. It also restricts ownership to guns that carry less than 12 rounds of ammunition and mandates that guns either have trigger locks or be stored unloaded and unassembled. The new rule will expire in 90 days, after which the council is scheduled to discuss more permanent gun legislation. AP has more. The Washington Post has local coverage.
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