WASHINGTON – The plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned Washington's strict 32-year-old handgun ban was among the first people to arrive at police headquarters to try to register his firearm.
Dick Heller showed up early Thursday, the first day that the city began registering residents for handguns. He remains upset with the city's unusual restriction that bans weapons that carry more than 12 rounds of ammunition. Heller, who owns about half a dozen guns, also is frustrated that you can register only one for the first 90 days.
He says the city isn't following the intent of the Supreme Court's ruling by having such restrictions.
The D.C. Council approved new firearms legislation Tuesday to comply with last month's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the ban. It allows handguns to be kept in the home if they're used only for self-defense and carry fewer than 12 rounds of ammunition.