DC Reversal

Judge essentially restores ban by upholding city's gun restrictions

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark 2008 Heller decision that recognized the individual's right to own a gun, it also conceded that reasonable regulations on gun ownership might be acceptable. On March 25, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina essentially, and arbitrarily, reinstated the D.C. gun ban in everything but name by approving regulations that outlaw semiautomatic pistols, guns that can hold more than 10 bullets, and guns outside the home. Gun owners are required to store firearms unloaded, disabled and unusable.

Judge Urbina imposed these restrictions for "public safety."

Urbina "justifies the regulations for the same reasons that D.C. used to justify the ban -- "public safety," wrote economist and author John R. Lott, Jr., in a March 30 blog on foxnews.com. "Rules that make it very costly and difficult for people to register handguns for self-defense, disarm law-abiding citizens relative to criminals and make crime more likely. It isn't too surprising that every place in the world where guns have been banned and crime rates are available to study have seen an increase in murder rates."

The ruling is certain to be appealed.