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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 12/06/2011

D.C. gun laws could be eased

(Chip Somodevilla - GETTY IMAGES)
It could soon become easier for District resident to lawfully procure firearms. A bill introduced to the D.C. Council today by Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) would ease the District’s toughest-in-the-nation gun laws.

The District would still require would-be gun owners to take a firearms safety course, but under the Mendelson bill they would be allowed to possess a gun temporarily while taking the course. Gun owners would no longer have to take a vision test and would only have to pass a test on the District’s gun laws once, upon initial registration.

Also, residents would still be required to register their weapons with police, but they would no longer have to submit their guns to police for ballistic identification before taking them home.

For a rundown on what it takes to procure a gun under current law, see this 2009 Post story or a current Washington Times series.

Here’s full bill, which is likely to pass Mendelson’s public safety committee and go to the full council.

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