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The US Supreme Court has ruled on this subject, indicating the Second Amendment to the US Constitution is indeed a civil right.
However, the DC City council members didn't seem to get the message:
"After the Heller ruling, the D.C. city council passed a law requiring would-be gun owners to pay a registration fee, pass a 20-question multiple choice test, take a five-hour training course, undergo an invasive background check every six years, re-register any firearm every three years, and finally, submit all handguns for ballistics testing. Current D.C. law also bans an overwhelming majority of firearms commonly used for self-defense. This Ensign Amendment would also remedy that unjust practice." (NRA February 26, 2009)
The DC City Council's behavior may be viewed as representing special interests with narrow political perspectives. They are attempting to circumvent the basic civil right for law-abiding U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms by passing new laws that run counter to the intent of the Supreme Court's ruling.
Civil rights are not owned by Democrats, Republicans or any other party. Surveys of citizens consistently report that a large majority of Americans support the Second Amendment as a civil right.