Times blogger Emily Miller has documented the "process" of obtaining a legal gun in the District of Corruption. Below is an extract from her blog after she had finally received approval.
I searched and found a reference by Joker1 (link) in another thread about NJ in October.
Guns - Washington Times Entire Blog
MILLER: My testimony at D.C. city council (VIDEO) - Washington Times Below snipped from this link.
So I have spent a total of $465 in fees. And that doesnít include the cost of the gun!
I had no idea registering a gun would be this expensive. I think the registration packet should state these costs up front. This is a lot of money for me, and I have a good job. So I donít know how a lower-income DC resident could afford almost $500 in fees to have a legal gun.
Mr. Chairman, I was pleased to see your bill would have the police take photos instead of our having to buy passport photos. And you would eliminate the ballistics test. Those things would save us $32 in fees, but it helps more in saving time.
And thatís the other and final huge hurdle I want to mention today. It takes way too much time to get a gun legally in D.C. From taking the written test, the five-hour class, waiting in line at the DMV to pay the fees, getting fingerprinted, meeting with Sykes to transfer the gun and on and on.
No one can register a gun in DC without taking at least two or three days off work. And as you know, the registry office is closed on weekends.
Members of the committee, in my opinion, this complicated registration process doesnít stop people from getting guns, it just drives them to get guns illegally because itís faster and cheaper and a lot less frustrating.
I think you should encourage people like me -- who are trying to abide by the law -- by making this gun registration process less burdensome on the citizen.
Iíve only touched on some of my main issues with the registration process. My written testimony will give you a complete perspective of what we go through.
Thank you for your time.