July 16, 2008

D.C.’s Bad Joke: New Gun Law

The District, rebuffed by the Supreme Court last month in a landmark decision on its 32-year-old gun ban, could soon be headed back to court over a new gun law that could take effect as early as Wednesday.

The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on emergency legislation that will require handgun owners to keep their weapons disassembled or under lock and key in what gun rights advocates see as direct defiance of the Supreme Court ruling.

That ruling said the District could not bar residents from "rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."

The Washington Times said in an editorial, “It is clear that the D.C. Council has no intention of taking a reasonable track toward responsible gun ownership. Seemingly, City Hall intends to make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to own a gun.”

Proposals include potential gun owners taking a firearms test.

Then there is the ballistic imprint. The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division issued a January 2005 report that said the state's gun fingerprint policy was ineffective in helping solve crimes.

Another issue is the registration itself. The council should require a time limit for the D.C. police to issue registrations, rather than leave open the possibility of residents waiting indefinitely to receive them.

The worst requirement of the emergency legislation: "The applicant takes his or her completed application to a licensed firearm dealer to take delivery of the pistol. If the dealer is outside the District, the dealer transports the pistol to a licensed dealer in the District to complete the transaction." The hitch? There are no licensed gun dealers in the District.

Comments (18)

I was reading an article on the murder rate in Chicago. Over the past 2 weeks, over 30+ people have been killed on the streets. Take a look at Chi-town's firearm laws - almost as restrictive as D.C. Anyone see a correlation here?

Posted by: MountieFan16 | July 19, 2008 11:48 AM    Report this comment

I've een told "cheerup, things could be worse", sure enough, I cheer up and things get worse. I would rather step back in time 150 to 200 years.

Posted by: RaymondLocke | July 18, 2008 11:20 PM    Report this comment

While the Second Amendment will never be "the least of our worries", I am inclined to agree with Don B.....It is incumbent on every one of
us to work toward the defeat of Barack Obama in the general election. The only way that we can see to his defeat is to keep up with the campaign and make sure that we give all the support we can to John McCain. Do not be fooled into voting for any "third party candidate" or not voting because you don't like
any of the candidates. 'Guaranteed, if we do not support McCain, the liberals will win, and
we will lose big time when they begin to stuff the Supreme Court with left-wing justices. Our mission is clear.....Elect McCain to the Oval Office, and elect as many pro-gunners to the Congress as we can.

Posted by: canovack | July 18, 2008 5:03 PM    Report this comment

YOU THINK THIS IS BAD.....Wait and see when Obama wins and has a Democratic Congress behind him led by Nancy....lol The second amendment will be the least of your worries. TALK ABOUT THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND.

Posted by: donba27 | July 18, 2008 2:47 PM    Report this comment

The liberals are very addept at using Federal Judges to circumvent the law. Why can't the citizens of D.C. find one who will make a ruling against the new law if it is passed by the city council? In the meantime, the NRA and GOA should be watching closely and be prepared to sue immediately upon the laws passage. I agree with the comment that the city council should be found in contempt of court if they pass this law.

Posted by: Okie Dokie | July 18, 2008 12:24 PM    Report this comment

I'd like to know if D.C. will recognize and grant reciprocity with respect to the concealed carry (CC) laws/permits of the surrounding states, especially Virginia, which has an incredibly lower crime rate than D.C. with it's 30 plus year old gun ban. I plan to email the D.C. Police Chief to get a reaction. I'll be amazed if I get a reply. Most states recognize the laws of other states, including CC laws/permits.

Posted by: RICHARD H | July 18, 2008 10:59 AM    Report this comment

It is totally unconscionable that the Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Washington D.C. City Council is thumbing their nose at the United States Supreme Court on this matter.

There are many things in the D.C. code that remain openly and brazenly unconstitutional. This cannot be tolerated under any pretenses whatsoever. But my words here will not make a single difference. On the top-right of www.savetheguns.com is the contact information for the Mayor and the entire D.C. City Council. Please take full advantage of my work and use their contact info to send a barrage of communications to them promptly. Tell them clearly that they must eliminate the semi-auto ban and the trigger-lock ordinances from the D.C. code.


Posted by: SaveTheGuns.com | July 18, 2008 7:10 AM    Report this comment

Why do liberals believe they are above the law. They are spitting in the face of the Supreme Court by not excepting the legal decision made. This my friends is the difference between liberals and conservatives, liberals do not respect the law. They think of themselves as Robin Hood helping the masses overcome the evil empire. That time has passed. We have a structured government with laws and checks and balances. Additionally, these sheep who constantly vote Democrat because their "people" tell them to without considering the issues are ignorant. D.C. voters re-electing Marion Berry case and point, ignorant: unaware, uninformed as the dictionary states. Voters need to start thinking for themselves and quit being sheep. Obama, for example, watching the television its hard to figure out if this is an election or a marketing campaign. Opps, don't tell the Obama supports. They would probably be upset if they knew they were being sold a candidate rather than presented with the issues, unbiased, so they could make an informed decision.

Posted by: Robert J | July 18, 2008 6:55 AM    Report this comment

How many times did the voters of DC re-elect Marion Berry as mayor?

Posted by: John B | July 17, 2008 9:10 PM    Report this comment

The 2nd ammendment makes all the others possible - or doesn't anyone remember we were itended to be a British Colony (for them to use as they saw fit) - by the way, check out England's low gun crime rates due to strict gun control (LOL!!)

Posted by: Eric L | July 17, 2008 8:58 PM    Report this comment

Whenever ANY elected official fails or refuses to support and defend the Constitution Of The United States they should be impeached and removed from office ASAP!!!!!! All of them take an oath to do that when they are sworn into public office!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: takleberry | July 17, 2008 8:40 PM    Report this comment

RE: People Remember... The problem is, the liberals are voted into office by a majority that may or may not understand what they are actually voting for, there by electing the idiots. Then, one guy sues, and the Court upholds the 2nd amendment, at least for now, but remember the courts decision was 5-4. If a liberal gets elected as president, the next supreme court may have a different "Interpretation". And I agree they should be held accountable for any new laws they pass that are in defiance to the Supreme Court Ruling.

Posted by: John L | July 17, 2008 6:43 PM    Report this comment

People remember...these people on the council were elected by the residence. When it comes to elections, they vote these idiots into office and then bitch about what they do. Everyone all over the country needs to vote with their brain and keep these liberals out of the government.....It's your choice make the right decision, or stop bitching

Posted by: donba27 | July 17, 2008 6:12 PM    Report this comment

The Feds. should cut all fed. dollars from that cell pool until they comply with the law. Tony

Posted by: anthony p | July 17, 2008 5:23 PM    Report this comment

I believe there are 6 licensed FFLs in the district, only one of which might do transfers.

Posted by: REX B | July 17, 2008 5:00 PM    Report this comment

Well.....It looks like the DC liberals aren't going to act in accordance with the law. If the DC Council is going to willfully violate the law, how can it expect the citizens (or more accurately.....the subjects) of DC to obey any unconstitutional law conjured up by the anti-freedom Council?

Posted by: canovack | July 17, 2008 4:56 PM    Report this comment

The entire DC Council should be held in contempt, for abstructing the implementation of Supreme Courts 2nd ammendment ruling.

Posted by: bigbozman | July 17, 2008 4:51 PM    Report this comment

Sounds just like D.C. to do something like that.

Posted by: Timothy H | July 17, 2008 4:46 PM    Report this comment

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