WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has upheld registration requirements that are part of the gun laws in the nation’s capital, including making people re-register every three years, take a safety class and photographing and fingerprinting gun owners.

Judge James Boasberg ruled Thursday that the city’s requirements are constitutionally permissible. The city put the requirements in place after a landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision that ended a 32-year-old handgun ban in the nation’s capital.

A group of residents sued over the new restrictions, and a federal judge in 2010 said they were permissible.

The next year, an appeals court said the city’s assault weapons ban was constitutional. But it told the city it had to explain further why the registration requirements were necessary.

In upholding the requirements Thursday, Boasberg accepted the city’s reasoning.

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