Dick Heller has challenged the courts regarding the constitutionality of their regulations on gun owners. Heller claimed that gun laws and forced regulations are violating the Second Amendment. In 2010 the federal district court rejected Heller’s arguments. Once it was appealed, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia also affirmed that the gun regulations and requirement of registering long guns applied also to hand guns as well. The court also upheld the ban on large capacity magazines as well as assault weapons.
The judge stated that the required registering of long guns is no more of a burden than the same requirement for handguns. Boasberg also proceeded to affirm that the four registration requirements were in the public’s best interest as well as in the interest of police protection and public safety. The present requirements to stay in place include: fingerprinting, photographing, and bringing the actual firearm and presenting it in person to the registrar.