Brady Center Applauds Court Decision Upholding Strong D.C. Gun Laws

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Brady Center Applauds Court Decision Upholding Strong D.C. Gun Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina today upheld as
constitutional several strong gun laws enacted by the District of
Columbia following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2008 decision striking
down D.C.’s handgun ban in District of Columbia v. Heller.  The Court
rejected arguments by Dick Heller (the same plaintiff who challenged
D.C.’s prior laws) that the Second Amendment did not allow the
District’s new firearms registration law, and bans on assault weapons
and high-capacity ammunition magazines.  The Brady Center to Prevent Gun
Violence assisted the District in defending its laws.

“Today’s
court decision is the latest ruling to make it clear that the Second
Amendment allows strong common sense gun laws,” said Brady Center
President Paul Helmke.  “Once again, the courts have rejected the gun
lobby’s attempt to transform the core right to guns in the home for
self-defense into a mandate for their ‘any gun, anywhere’ agenda.
Politicians and legislatures at all levels should stop using the Second
Amendment as an excuse for inaction against gun violence.  They should
follow the District’s example and pass the strong, common sense gun laws
Americans need and demand to protect their communities.”

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The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence.

We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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