D.C.'s gun restrictions upheld

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld restrictions on gun ownership in the District of Columbia that were imposed after the Supreme Court struck down the district's handgun ban.

A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals held Tuesday that the district's bans on assault weapons and magazines containing more than 10 rounds of ammunition are constitutional.

The court also upheld some, but not all, of the district's handgun registration requirements, which include fingerprinting, vision tests and background checks. The court sent some of the requirements back to a lower court for further proceedings.

The assault weapon ban and other restrictions were passed by the D.C. Council after the landmark 2008 Supreme Court case. Dick Heller, the plaintiff in that case, challenged the new laws.