August 25, 2008

Finally, Dick Heller Registers Revolver in D.C.

The Associated Press has reported that Dick Heller, the man whose lawsuit overturned Washington's handgun ban, has successfully registered his revolver, ending a more than 30-year wait to keep the weapon in his home.

Dick Heller walked out of D.C. police headquarters last week clutching a yellow firearms registration certificate stamped "approved." He gave the thumbs-up sign, grinned and said, "Victory!"

Heller was among the first people to seek a gun permit under new rules adopted after the Supreme Court struck down the city's 32-year-old handgun ban in June. Heller was the plaintiff in that case. He won approval to keep a .22-caliber revolver at home after coming to police headquarters in July to be fingerprinted and take a firearms proficiency test. Police approved the weapon after completing a background check.

Comments (7)

To Gerry R regarding a .22 as not making the grade as a defensive weapon: A hit with a .22 in the right spot is better than a miss with a hand cannon.

Posted by: boomstick | August 29, 2008 1:28 PM    Report this comment

Just curious, was the .22 cal. gun what he wanted or did that come under a specific requirement in DC. A .22 is better than nothing, or a rock, maybe, but is definitely not considered a self-defense weapon.

Posted by: GERRY R | August 28, 2008 6:45 PM    Report this comment

Dick Heller has prematurely called it "victory". It's not victory in my mind until he can have his 1911 .45 ACP at home with him. Then I'll be more willing to go with the term "victory".


Posted by: | August 28, 2008 1:30 PM    Report this comment

Well said Thomas B.

Posted by: Robert J | August 28, 2008 12:49 PM    Report this comment

One tiny step forward for liberty. We must now focus our efforts toward unrestricted carry in all 50 States and DC. We need a CCW license good in the whole USA, no matter the State of issue and tougher laws on criminals with a greatly resticted parole option. Focus the law on the criminal, not the Law-Abiding citizen.

Posted by: TBILL | August 28, 2008 11:55 AM    Report this comment

Only a .22 revolver? With DC's crime problems you'd think he would at least want a .44 spl.

Posted by: wot45 | August 28, 2008 10:02 AM    Report this comment

This process for Mr. Heller is still to cumbersome. A step in the right direction, however D.C. is still trying to deter gun ownership by making it a pain in the rump to register. Congratulations and Thank You Dick Heller, this is a victory for all gunowners.

Posted by: Robert J | August 28, 2008 8:59 AM    Report this comment

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