D.C. Council Considers Easing Handgun Laws

Bill would remove some restrictions

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 10:10 PM EDT
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D.C. Council Considers Easing Handgun Laws

Kirk Weddle

The D.C. Council will consider a bill that would remove some of the hurdles residents have to clear before obtaining a handgun.

Councilmember Phil Mendelson introduced the bill Tuesday. It would do away with the requirement that residents undergo a vision test and submit handguns for ballistic identification before taking them home.

Would-be gun owners would still have to register their firearms with police, take a safety course and pass a test on the District's gun laws. But they would be allowed to possess a gun temporarily while taking the class and would only have to pass the test once.

The District has some of the nation's toughest gun laws. A federal appeals court ruled in October that the District must explain why some of its registration requirements are necessary.

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