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Gun Rights Activist Heller Scores Another Win Against DC Government

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Gun Rights Activist Heller Scores Another Win Against DC Government

Civil activist Dick Heller is known nationally for his massive win in the District of Columbia v. Heller lawsuit.

It was the first Supreme Court case to decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense or whether the right was intended for state militias.

District of Columbia v. Heller, (2008), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  1. The Court’s majority opinion ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms in the United States, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
  2. The District of Columbia’s handgun ban and the requirement that lawfully owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” violated this guarantee.
  3. It also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated.

In his latest legal battle again the tyrannical, anti-second amendment policies in place in our nation’s capital, Heller argued that the ban on more than 20 rounds of ammunition at a time was unconstitutional.

It’s the result of a lawsuit, the Washington D.C. ban on carrying more than 20 rounds was repealed on September 14th.

The Washington Examiner reported:

A Washington, D.C. , regulatory limit on how much ammunition a concealed carry handgun permit holder can carry was removed after a local resident filed a lawsuit in federal court this summer.

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On Sept. 14, Robert J. Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department gave notice to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit that he had repealed the district’s ban on carrying more than 20 rounds, citing an emergency basis for the decision.

“On review of these developments, this regulation, its enforcement history, and in consideration of other regulations that govern concealed-carry licensees, the Chief has determined that emergency rulemaking action is prudent and necessary for the immediate preservation of the welfare of District residents and to enable the District to avoid accruing liability for attorney fees in legal challenges,” Contee wrote in the legal filing.

The Epoch Times reported:

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In the lawsuit filed on June 30 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Heller argued that a D.C. regulation preventing holders of concealed pistol carry licenses from carrying more than 20 rounds of ammunition at a time was unconstitutional.

Such a limit violates the U.S. Constitution because there is no historical precedent for it, and it interferes with the right of a concealed carrier to properly use a firearm for self-defense in any public confrontations that may arise, according to the lawsuit, as The Epoch Times previously reported.

The legal action was one of many filed nationwide after the 6–3 ruling by the Supreme Court on June 23 in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which recognized a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. Importantly, the ruling found that gun restrictions must be deeply rooted in American history if they are to survive constitutional scrutiny.

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