16
Jul
08

DC Gets New Handgun Ban

One would think that a Supreme Court decision finding that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that self-defense is a reasonable justification for having one is enough. Apparently, not so much. DC wants to make you register each and every gun. Pay for a “ballistics test” for each and every gun registered (so that you can find out if your gun was used in a crime…) and STILL have to keep the weapon broken down and locked unless the threat is immediate:

Under the proposed new law for the city, handguns would have to be registered by anyone entitled to have such a gun. If the owner expects to use the gun for self-defense within the owner’s home, the owner would not need a separate license-to-carry for that purpose.

However, any gun kept in the owner’s home would have to be kept unloaded and disassembled or else disabled by a trigger lock. The only time that requirement is not in force, under the proposal law, would be when the gun was “being used to protect against a reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm to a person” within that person’s home.

That provision, officials told reporters, was meant to allow a handgun owner to get the gun and load it — for example, if a burglar were at the door.  It would not allow the gun to be loaded or assembled or unlocked at all times it remained in the home.

How long will it take for the NRA to drag DC in front of the judge? More details are here.

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