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NRA, Heller Take District Back to Court

Friday, August 1, 2008

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia's gun ban, the District, Mayor and City Council are being sued again over the District's thinly veiled attempt to continue its restrictions on firearm ownership.  D.C. residents Dick Anthony Heller and Absalom F. Jordan, Jr., in conjunction with lawyers for the NRA, filed a complaint against the District of Columbia and Mayor Adrian Fenty challenging D.C.'s Firearms Control Emergency Amendment Act of 2008. 

"The District of Columbia's so-called 'emergency regulations' prohibit law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and their loved ones in their own homes," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox.  "The Mayor and City Council have proposed a list of regulations that violate the Supreme Court's decision." 

On June 26, 2008, the U. S. Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller, that "the District's ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."  The Supreme Court explicitly articulated that handguns are constitutionally-protected, yet the District's Firearms Control Emergency Amendment Act of 2008 bans all semi-automatic handguns and requires any firearm in the home to be disassembled, unloaded and secured by locking devices unless there is an "immediate" threat of violence, even for innocuous purposes such as cleaning. 

"The D.C. Council and Mayor are demonstrating their arrogant disregard for the Supreme Court's decision and the safety and liberty of their own law-abiding constituents," concluded Cox. "These elitist politicians who live under secured protection are continuing to prevent their residents from keeping a functional firearm in the home for self-defense.  NRA will continue to work to restore the rights of D.C. residents."

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.