Tuesday, July 15

DC OFFICIALS THUMB NOSE AT SUPREME COURT OVER GUN RULING

The DC government doesn't just show contempt towards its citizens; it has added the Supreme Court to its list. The council, Fenty, AG Nickles and Chief Lanier has come up with a set of rules that will make it as difficult as possible for DC residents to possess the guns the Court says they can have. Here, from DCist, was some of the roadblocks the District Building plans to create:

If you want to keep a handgun in your home, the MPD will have to perform ballistic testing on it before it can be legally registered.

Firearms in the home must be stored unloaded and disassembled, and secured with either a trigger lock, gun safe, or similar device. The new law will allow an exception for a firearm while it is being used against an intruder in the home. Of course how you unlock and reassemble a gun in time to deal with the intruder is a problem that remains unanswered.

Here's Chief Lanier's contribution to making self protection as complicated as possible:

The applicant must submit photos, proof of residency and proof of good vision (such as a driver's license or doctor's letter), and pass a written firearms test.

If the applicant is successful on the test, they must pay registration fees and submit to fingerprinting. MPD will file one set of fingerprints and submit the other to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis and criminal background check.

MPD will notify the applicant whether all registration requirements are satisfied. At that point, the applicant returns to the Firearms Registration Section to complete the process and receive MPD's seal on the application.

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 applicant takes the pistol to the Firearms Registration Section for ballistics testing. When testing is complete, the applicant may retrieve the pistol and take it home.

1 Comments:

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Mike Licht said...

You are misinforming readers. DC law requires that firearms be Weapons must be unloaded, disassembled OR trigger-locked, NOT both. Disassembly is usually done when transporting firearms outside the home, and just means releasing the cylinder, no big deal.

Trigger locks are free from MPD -- see http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/frames.asp?doc=/mpdc/lib/mpdc/info/pdf/registering_firearm_dc.pdf

 

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