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D.C. Considers Easing Handgun Restrictions

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    The D.C. Council is preparing to ease licensing restrictions for owning handguns in the city.

    Revisions that will go before the Council in February were reviewed at a public hearing Monday. They would allow District citizens to "temporarily" have a firearm in their home while participating in safety courses.

    The legislation also would repeal a required vision test and repeal requirements that guns undergo ballistic testing.

    In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the city's total ban on handguns.

    Judiciary Committee Chairman Phil Mendelson said the new legislation is an attempt to answer complaints that it's still too difficult to register handguns in the city.