July 22, 2008

Heller Updates: D.C. Stays Astray; Evanston, Morton Grove Yield

The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action reports that D.C. has passed "emergency" law and new police regulations intended to retain as much of the ban and storage requirement as possible.

Though the Supreme Court ruled that D.C. could not ban handguns, the new rules would still ban all or most semi-automatic pistols. And in spite of the fact that the court ruled that D.C. cannot ban the use of guns for protection in the home, the District still prohibits having a gun loaded and ready unless an attack within your home is imminent or underway.

Dick Heller, the man who brought the lawsuit against the District, was among the first in line this week to apply for a handgun permit. But when he tried to register his semi-automatic pistol, he was rejected. Heller's gun has a seven round magazine. D.C.'s law defines any semi-automatic as a "machine gun" if it is "capable of" firing more than 12 shots without reloading. D.C. police interpret this as banning any "bottom-loading" semi-automatic handgun, regardless of its actual capacity.

To remedy the District's flouting of the Supreme Court's mandates, Representative Mark Souder (R-Ind.) recently introduced H. Res. 1331, a rule to govern House consideration of a modified version of H.R. 1399--the "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act."

It would provide for speedy consideration of legislation to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller by repealing the provisions of the D.C. Code that were at issue in that case, and by preventing the District from enacting the very restrictions they are now trying to implement.

Elsewhere: Aldermen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, unanimously voted to amend the city's 27-year-old handgun ban at a recent closed-door meeting.

And: The Village of Morton Grove, Illinois, amended its Village Code to remove the current handgun ban.

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"When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil."

- Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: RackEmPunk | August 12, 2008 11:48 AM    Report this comment

AMEN!! Don you just said what I have been saying for the last 3 months. He has already said when he gets in that he believes communities will have the right to create laws aganist carrring or even having them in your home. Under this plan you could drive thru four or five counties in your home state(which I do weekly for work) and be breaking the law if one of those counties or townships has a ban on firearms. I'll tell you what. We have to get to the polls and keep this dirt bag out.Obama did get one thing right, I do cling to my relgion and guns hard times or not.

Posted by: mark c | July 26, 2008 8:23 PM    Report this comment

The morons that were elected in DC are spending all their time trying to come up with ways to get around the supreme court decision, rather than enforce it. It’s the liberal attitude that wants Big Brother to control everything. It’s an insult to their authority to have someone over rule their laws, and they have to retaliate to get revenge. Remember that the supreme court ruling was a very close vote. Wait until Obama gets elected. When he’s in charge with a democratic congress led by the egotist Pelosi, they will definitely appoint Justices that could easily over turn this decision. The key to solving problems like these is to vote with your brain. Keep these extreme liberals out of government. Don’t vote by party or by the bullcrap that they preach. Look at their voting record and what accomplishments that they have done.

Posted by: donba27 | July 24, 2008 4:38 PM    Report this comment

Bravo and Ditto, Dale! The administration of DC should be held in contempt of court and all members should be removed for malfesance in office. We cannot allow any city to ignore the Bill of Rights or disregard the law. This bunch in DC is afraid their little dictatorship that has been propped up by criminals will fall. I hope it does fall, right on top of them.

Posted by: TBILL | July 24, 2008 3:32 PM    Report this comment

Why is it when CITIZENS violates the law, they are subject to penalties including fines and/or imprisonment, but when CITIES or STATES violate the law (violations of Constitutional rights in this case), the governing body faces no such penalties?

Posted by: CeltKnight | July 24, 2008 1:53 PM    Report this comment

Next they will try to outlaw revolvers because you would be able to use speed loaders.

Posted by: Dale F | July 24, 2008 1:33 PM    Report this comment

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