Thursday, July 17, 2008

DC Weaseling on Self Defense

Turns out that in order to register your handgun, you a) have to bring it with you to the police station, and b) allow the cops to test fire it.

Well, bureaucratic hurdles are only to be expected from a group as dedicated to trampling your constitutional rights as the Washington D.C. administration seems to be.

But wait! There’s more:

“The new law includes strict storage requirements that opponents of the handgun ban say violate the Supreme Court ruling. Gun owners must keep their pistols at home, unloaded and either disassembled or equipped with trigger locks. eapons
can only be loaded and used if the owner reasonably believes he or she is in imminent danger from an attacker in the home.

The city also has continued to ban most clip-loaded, semi-automatic handguns -- popular with gun enthusiasts -- by including those weapons in its broadly written ban on machine
guns, which was not at issue in the Supreme Court ruling. For Heller, Newsham said, that means his Colt .45 cannot be registered.”

So, D.C. has adopted administrative rules that pretty much represent the pre-Heller law, by expressly rendering your handgun inoperative when you need it most.

And we’re supposed to believe that only conservatives have contempt for the constitution and rights of the citizens.

“D.C. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said the regulations can be ‘interpreted’ in various ways. ‘But this isn't a 'gotcha' program. We're trying to accommodate people,’ he said.”

I’m not sure that I’m quite ready to buy that one… Seems more like D.C. has dug it's heels in against the citizens.