Archive for Friday, July 18, 2008

Residents apply for gun permits

July 18, 2008


— The plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned Washington's 32-year-old handgun ban was the first to arrive Thursday as the city began registering firearms.

But security guard Dick Heller was turned away from police headquarters because he didn't bring his weapon as required.

"I've been rejected again," Heller said, complaining that the city was still making it difficult for him to exercise his constitutional right to bear arms. He had sued the city after his application for a handgun license was rejected in 2003.

The Supreme Court on June 26 struck down one of the strictest gun laws in the nation, ruling that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to have guns for self-defense. Since then, city officials have moved quickly to abide by the decision. Under emergency legislation passed this week by the D.C. Council, residents may keep handguns only for self defense - at home unloaded and disassembled, or equipped with trigger locks.

A weapon can be readied for use only if there's the "reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm." The law also bans weapons broadly defined as machine guns that can fire 12 rounds or more, which rules out most semiautomatic handguns.


bondmen 9 years, 9 months ago

Clayton Cramer, the amateur historian who discovered and revealed Emory University professor Michael A. Bellesiles gun history research lies, had this to say: Pulling Teeth in D.C.Well, I wasn't expecting D.C. government to obey the Constitution anymore than actually required. The July 14, 2008 Washington Post reports on the new handgun regulations:Gun owners will have to pass vision and written tests, provide a photo with their application to register a gun, and submit their weapon for ballistics testing. Guns will also still require trigger locks. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles announced the regulations alongside D.C. Council Chairman Vincent G. Gray (D), Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and several other council members. The regulations are an effort to maintain some gun control while complying with the Supreme Court's 5 to 4 ruling last month."We think we have struck the delicate legal balance," Fenty said. "While we will have lawsuits, we think we stand on solid legal ground." In a news release announcing the restrictions, Fenty said: "We continue to take every step we can to minimize handgun violence in the District. We must prevent handguns from falling into the wrong hands or being misused."...The District's police department is prepared to begin the registration process for people as soon as the emergency legislation is passed. Officials also said for the first 90 days, individuals will be limited to one gun a person. Those who already own a gun will have a six-month amnesty period to register their weapon but will have to follow the same process as a new gun owner, city officials said.Am I happy with these regulations? No, not particularly. Are they better than what we had before? Absolutely. I can see the point of the vision regulation, and depending on the nature of the written test, I suppose that it can be defended. But can you imagine what the ACLU's reaction would be if D.C. required a grammar test and an exam about libel law as a condition of owning a photocopier?

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 9 months ago

"...residents may keep handguns... unloaded and disassembled, or equipped with trigger locks."What a joke! How can a property owner expect to defend himself and his family if the government requires him to keep his best method of self defense "unloaded and disassembled"? DC continues to treat the Constitution like toilet paper.

WHY 9 years, 9 months ago

"reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm."If I lived in D.C. this would always be true so I would just leave it loaded. 2% of all gun fatalities are legal self defense or police shootings. That means only 98% gun killings are the bad kind. I'd say the odds are in my favor.

1029 9 years, 9 months ago

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