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The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The nation's second most influential court handed a partial win to Dick Heller on Friday in a case challenging Washington, D.C.'s gun laws.
Heller is best known for winning a landmark Supreme Court case in 2008, in which the court ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to bear arms for self-defense.
In a 2-1 decision Friday, a three-member panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the city's requirements that force gun owners to register long guns, get fingerprinted, photographed and appear in person when registering a gun, pay a registration fee and complete a firearms safety and training course.
The court then struck down four requirements that force gun owners to bring the gun they're registering with them, re-register a firearm every three years and pass a test on D.C. gun laws. The court also did away with a rule that prohibits gun owners from registering more than one pistol within a 30-day period.
Chris Christie take note! New Jersey also has that ridiculous "one gun a month" law. Given today's ruling, our governor should revisit its troubling affirmation last year by the Third Circuit. A split decision between two circuit courts is grounds for appeal to SCOTUS, and this is one area where our rights are clearly being infringed.
Another Second Amendment issue SCOTUS needs to address is carry permit reciprocity. It's idiotic that a gun registration in one jurisdiction is invalid everywhere else in America. Drivers licenses don't work that way. Same-sex "marriages" certainly don't work that way either. And a diploma from East Nowhereville High School is just as good as one from Sidwell Friends, accepted by any college or employer nationwide.
NJ police have established quite the cottage industry in targeting and arresting legal gun owners from out of state whose only "crime" is driving on one of our highways. The insanity has to stop.
Remember too that
Detroit recently loosened their draconian gun laws with no adverse effects.
It's high time the rest of America followed suit.
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