A federal judge has upheld limitations on gun ownership in the District that were green-lighted following a 2008 Supreme Court decision overturning the city’s 32-year ban on handguns.
Last week’s ruling came on the heels of a landmark case in which District resident Anthony Heller challenged the new regulations. In doing so, Heller claimed that handgun registration procedures as well as other restrictions violated the intent of the court’s decision.
?However, in siding with the District, Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled that the court had put reasonable limitations on gun ownership geared at promotion of public safety, according to The Associated Press.
“While the Court recognized that the Second Amendment protects a natural right of an individual to keep and bear arms in the home in defense of self, family and property, it cautioned that that right is not unlimited,” Urbina wrote.
Mayor Adrian Fenty expressed gratitude over Urbina’s ruling.
“I commend the Attorney General and his staff for their excellent work on this case,” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said in a statement from his office. “Today’s ruling affirms our efforts to ensure the highest possible standards of safety for District residents.”
Attorney General Peter Nickles had similar sentiments.
“I am gratified that the court repeatedly recognized the reasonable and conscientious efforts that the Council and the mayor made to strike the proper balance between addressing the legitimate rights of firearm owners,” Nickles said, “and taking every reasonable action to assure the safety of the District’s residents and visitors.”
Meanwhile, gun rights continue to stymie the District of Columbia Voting Rights Bill, although Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said she believes it will finally pass this year. However, time is of the essence, said Norton, who has implored her fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill to move toward the bill’s approval while they still have the majority power to give the city the voting voice in the House of Representatives that it has long lacked.
At issue is whether the bill will include a gun amendment added last year by the Senate that essentially strips the District of most gun control mandates.
” carry a bill to the floor that I think can pass the House and the Senate. This is our last clear chance to get voting rights in a very long time,” Norton said in a statement posted on her Web site.