Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DC rewards those with illegal guns

So DC will start registering guns for its residents tomorrow, with some caveats:
Guns will be returned to owners, and they will get paperwork indicating that registration is in process. After an FBI background check, which takes about 14 days, the guns will be officially registered.

Two weeks for a background check? What a joke. They just want it to be as big of a pain in the ass as possible. Remember how I said that the incompetent DC officials are throwing everything they can at this in order to make it difficult? I give you some of this:
The emergency legislation will allow handguns to be kept in the home if they are used only for self-defense and carry fewer than 12 rounds of ammunition.

I'd say that the "12 rounds" requirement is going to be challenged as that number is arbitrary. This is what really pisses me off:
Handguns, as well as other legal firearms such as rifles and shotguns, also must be kept unloaded and disassembled, or equipped with trigger locks -- unless there is a "reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm" in the home.

I recall the Supreme Court saying this in the Heller decision:
". . .the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional."

I hope DC gets its pants sued off tomorrow. And how does this make you feel:
The registration process actually will be faster for people who have had illegal handguns compared with people who want to purchase guns.

Great! So not only are they trying to keep citizens from exercising their rights, because it can't be done without their authority, but the DC government is going to reward those who are breaking the law first. I can only bash them so much because if I lived in crime ridden DC then I would probably have a gun in my home too, but to think that Fenty and his crooks are going to piss all over the citizens rights by stonewalling them, and then make it easier for those who have broke the law just burns me up. But know that DC is going to work harder to bend its own people over at every chance:

"This is not perfect legislation," said D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, who worked with the mayor's office on the bill.

"The first step is what we have before us today so that we maintain important provisions in our gun registration law while we continue look at how we can further refine our gun registration law."


No shit it's not perfect! And by "refine" they mean that they will push further garbage requirements that will inhibit the god citizens, while the gangbangers continue to buy and carry whatever the hell they want without challenge. Bastards!

But there is some light at the end of the tunnel:

City officials said they fear gun advocates may rush back to court to force the District to get rid of some of the new provisions.

The Cato Institute, which is one of the groups that fought the handgun ban, said
it's ready to take the city to court again over the new law.


The Cato Institute rocks!
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