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Nickles's Statement on Heller's Second Gun Battle

Dick Heller's decision to file a second gun suit against the District doesn't come as a surprise. The security guard, who already beat the District in the land's highest court, has come back for more. This time, as Post reporters note, to go after the city's new registration process and its continued ban on semiautomatic weapons.

City officials said on the day they announced their new registration proposals that they expected to end up in court again. Yesterday, Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said he was expecting a long fight.

He released the following statement last night: "The District has received a copy of a new lawsuit challenging the District's revised firearms registration laws and regulations. The Office of the Attorney General will vigorously defend the District's laws as reasonable regulations of firearms, and as the lawful action of the people's representatives, the Mayor and the Council. We will continue to review the District's laws in an effort to strike a balance between the protection of the rights of firearm owners and the citizens of the District from increased gun-related violence."

By Marcia Davis  |  July 29, 2008; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Nickles is a derriere chapeau.

Posted by: Adrian Flunkie | July 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Shocker- DC politicians doing what the electorate wants.

Posted by: Mark | July 29, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The electorate wants DC politicians to ignore the Supreme Court and perpetuate policies proven to be utterly ineffective?

Someone needs to have an honest talk with the DC electorate.

Posted by: Tim | July 29, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'd guess that Nickles is a lawyer that apparently can't read a legal decision. He will cost the city another several million dollars for a fait-accomplit that could be well spent elsewhere. I'd say disbarrment and holding him personally liable for the erroneous decisions and actions would be a start. When a legal action is done in direct contempt of a higher court, the lawyer loses all legal protection. Sic'em DC people!

Posted by: Renaissance_warrior | July 30, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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