D.C. Judge Upholds Gun Registration; Right-Wing Media Misrepresents It As Gun Ban
Drudge links to a Washington Times story with the headline “Judge upholds D.C. gun ban.” The Times headline is worse: “Second Amendment Under Siege: Judge Upholds Restrictive D.C. Gun Ban.” But that’s not what was being decided in this case. What was upheld was registration, which is not a ban.
A federal judge Thursday upheld registration requirements that are part of the gun laws in the nation’s capital, approving of measures that make owners take a gun safety class, be photographed and fingerprinted and re-register their weapons every three years.
The city put the requirements in place after a landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision that ended a 32-year-old handgun ban in the District of Columbia. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that requirements the city put in place are constitutional.
The registration requirement is what was enacted while ending a ban. So, actually, this is exactly the opposite of how it’s being portrayed.