The liberty-hating Democrats that run Washington, D.C. are very slow to learn that they shouldn’t cross Dick Heller, and now find themselves pitted against him in another legal battle.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.’s 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington’s city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country.
So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as “Heller II.”
Heller told me in a phone interview Tuesday that, “The city collected every gun restriction they could find from every other state and gave them to us as thumbtacks on the road for our march to Second Amendment freedom.”
He is the lead plaintiff of five District residents who state that their constitutional rights are being infringed by the registration requirements. The city claims the process is necessary for “to protect police officers and to aid in crime control.”
The city is, of course, lying through their teeth. Disarming the law-abiding does not protect police officers, as law-abiding citizens are the eyes and ears of law enforcement, and their natural ally. Nor do those who go through legal channels to possess arms have any intent in committing crimes.
The onerous process created by the District of Columbia to “allow” for registration was expressly created to make the basic right of self defense as difficult to exercise as legally possible. It is execrable regulation, passed by the tyrannical and arrogant.
If there is any justice at all, the proper outcome of “Heller II” will knock the government back on it’s heels yet again.