Question about D.C. handguns

Question about D.C. handguns

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    Question about D.C. handguns

    Hi,

    The family and I are driving to DC on a family trip. We are staying in a rent-a-house in DC. As I understand it, I cannot have a handgun in D.C. at all. Not in my car, not in the rent-a-house.

    I normally carry, but I realize I can't in DC. But, in the two days drive to DC, and two days drive home I would like to be able to carry. But what would I do with my gun while I'm there? Most places I would be able to leave my firearm in the house or hotel I'm at.

    What are my options, to keep legal? Do I just leave my pistol at home?


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    Illinois' legislators are being brought kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, with CHL's in the state. D.C. is still getting a bye from SCOTUS, despite the Heller ruling.

    If it were me, I'd avoid the risk ... at least until such time as sanity came back and liberty prevailed. IMO, that ain't gonna happen anytime soon. Bring a pocket knife and pepper spray, assuming of course that either of those two things are legal. Or a stout hardwood cane, a kubotan, ...
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    One of the things I thought about doing, is carrying out there, and once I get to the city, disassembling the pistol and storing it disassembled, with the ammo separate.

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    Don't go into Wash. DC with a gun, they will make you the poster boy . I have heard some people saying here to drop your gun off at a gunsmith or gun store to get it cleaned and serviced Maybe VA but pre-arrange that transaction. Lets see if anyone else agrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 762x51n8o View Post
    I normally carry, but I realize I can't in DC. But, in the two days drive to DC, and two days drive home I would like to be able to carry. But what would I do with my gun while I'm there? Most places I would be able to leave my firearm in the house or hotel I'm at.
    Dropping off the gun at a bordering state's gun shop for a "quick cleaning / check" might be an option. Pick it up in a couple days once you return. That way, you'll have it both going to and coming from DC. Might be an opportunity to pick up a couple of pepper spray containers as well, on the way in, getting "the scoop" from a shop that likely will know all the ins and outs about the insanity over yonder.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
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    There was a time when I was in such a situation out of state. I ended up renting a small storage unit (outside of the prohibited area) until the return trip.

    Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by 762x51n8o View Post
    Hi,

    The family and I are driving to DC on a family trip. We are staying in a rent-a-house in DC. As I understand it, I cannot have a handgun in D.C. at all. Not in my car, not in the rent-a-house.

    I normally carry, but I realize I can't in DC. But, in the two days drive to DC, and two days drive home I would like to be able to carry. But what would I do with my gun while I'm there? Most places I would be able to leave my firearm in the house or hotel I'm at.

    What are my options, to keep legal? Do I just leave my pistol at home?


    Yes, keep it legal. The only option I can see for you to carry on your way there, would be to leave it somewhere before you hit the border where you cannot legally have it. Otherwise, it's probably best to just leave it at home where it wouldn't become confiscated and considered another "...gun we got off the street."
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    Be sure you come in from the South (VA). If you enter through Maryland, you'll be in just as much trouble.
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    All right, you've all educated me -- I'll leave it at home. If my family and I are attacked on the way, we'll take the VP's advice: we'll just pee on ourselves and vomit.

    How about pocket knives -- can we have a Swiss Army knife?

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    Are you in the Swiss Army ??? Then maybe

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    Options for staying in VA instead of dc? Like ccw9mm said maybe a cane or walking stick, pack some extra SA, whatever else may be legal that isn't as scary as a gun.

    Good luck and have a safe trip.
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    You might consider contacting these people, Blue Ridge Arsenal , explain the situation and see if they can help. I know they have locker rentals, not sure if they are only available for members or not. They are located in Chantilly VA, which is a short drive from DC.
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    It's one of those deals, where we're waking up at 3am, driving all day and getting in late. 3 boys under the age of 7, 4 adults (including one with demensia) all in a minivan. The reason I say this, is because after driving all day, I don't think it will be a popular move to have to drive further, to get some place where I can store my handgun. Plus we'll be getting in late, if they're closed, I'm screwed.

    Best to not take it with me, I think. it's just a shame that a law abiding citizen can't carry a gun to protect hisself and family, in our capital -- our home of democracy.

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