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D.C. Residents Essentially Unable to Purchase Hand

Peter SuciuPeter Suciu Member Posts: 69 ✭✭
From FirearmsTruth.com (http://www.firearmstruth.com/2011/d-c-residents-essentially-unable-to-purchase-handguns):

Residents of the nation's capital have long had it hard. They technically don't have "representation" in our government, only having a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, and no representation in the United States Senate. Additionally, unlike residents of U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and Guam, citizens of the District of Columbia are such to all U.S. federal taxes.

Until 1961 residents couldn't even vote for President of the United States, and the city didn't even have a mayor until the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973.

Now residents may once again lose their right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, which was only recently hard won. Washington's gun ban first took effect in 1976 when private handgun ownership was banned as a way of dealing with street crime.

This was overturned in 2008 when the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban when ruling in Heller vs. D.C.

But there has been a catch. Residents have nowhere to buy handguns with the city of Washington, D.C. and FoxNews.com has reported that the only firearms dealer has stopped registering guns.

After Heller vs. D.C., residents could buy handguns elsewhere and had to legally transfer and register them with Charles Syke, who was charging a $125 fee. Now Syke is looking to find new office space and thus is unable to register new purchases.

The result is that the City Council, which has been looking at ways of creating a new ban, may have found it!

Comments

  • Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 21,940 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Oh c'mon, Peter.

    Properly vetted citizens of Washington D.C. will be able to obtain handguns and keep them in their homes through due process and in due time.

    It is, after-all, exactly the spirit, intent, and wording of both Heller and McDonald, and these were great victories for the rights of the people.

    What is the rush?
    Freedom and a submissive populace cannot co-exist.

    Brad Steele
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed".

    BUT, that fundamental constitutionally enumerated 'right' can be regulated, restricted, controlled, delayed, made difficult, lawyerized and weaseled upon, so sayeth the SCROTUS.

    Afterall, it is indeed the substance of Heller and McDonald.
  • Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Member Posts: 35,685 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by lt496
    "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed".

    BUT, that fundamental constitutionally enumerated 'right' can be regulated, restricted, controlled, delayed, made difficult, lawyerized and weaseled upon, so sayeth the SCROTUS.

    Afterall, it is indeed the substance of Heller and McDonald.
    Once again the good Cap'n drills the X-ring!!!
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