On Monday, a judge ruled that several gun restrictions in the Mariana Islands Commonwealth violated the Second Amendment. The Commonwealth, located near the Philippines, is a 179-sq.-mile U.S. territory with a population of about 55,000. At issue was the Commonwealth’s total ban on possessing or importing handguns and handgun ammunition. Additionally, anyone wishing to own a firearm had to apply for a Weapons Identification Card (WIC), and to obtain this license, applicants had to show they had a good reason—besides self-defense—to own a gun.
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, serving Southern California from its Laguna Hills (Orange County) headquarters and a satellite office in Coronado (San Diego County).
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