Man at Center of Gun Lawsuit Gets Permit

Dick Heller, who sued to overturn Washington handgun ban, poses for the media after picking up his gun registration, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at Washington's Metropolitan Police headquarters.
Dick Heller, who sued to overturn Washington handgun ban, poses for the media after picking up his gun registration, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at Washington's Metropolitan Police headquarters. (Gerald Herbert - AP)
By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 18, 2008; 12:34 PM

A 66-year-old security guard whose lawsuit overturned the District's handgun ban is now officially authorized to keep a revolver in his Capitol Hill home.

Dick A. Heller, a security guard whose lawsuit resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling favoring gun-ownership rights, was given his handgun registration certificate at D.C. police headquarters this morning. He applied for it last month, a few weeks after the June 26 court ruling, and had been waiting for police to complete a background check.

Heller recently sued the city again, alleging that the registration rules adopted by the D.C. government after the ban was overturned are too cumbersome and violate the spirit and letter of the Supreme Court decision.


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