Hold the Presses: Reporter Criticizes DC Gun Beaucracy

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    Hold the Presses: Reporter Criticizes DC Gun Beaucracy

    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.
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    I've been following the whole series on Twitter, where she posts new articles as they are published.

    Pretty draconian and oppressive rules if you ask me. But, she actually seems to be doing quite a bit of good as far as spreading the word, and the DC council seems to have taken note.

    And she choose a Sig for her first pistol, so at least she didn't go through all that for a hi-point.
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    Yea, Been watching this for little while.
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    Anything to give them a little prod towards sanity!
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    Wow, DC is even worse than Jersey!
    Seems more than a little ironic that the city with the least liberty in our nation, is, in fact, our nation's capital.
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    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.
    Obviously that would run counter to their desired effect.
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    You won't find a more anti gun group than the DC council.
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    Phil Mendolson, a council memeber is introducing legislation to simplify the whole process. Who kmows what "simplfy" means to the Politboro in DC though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    I've been following the whole series on Twitter, where she posts new articles as they are published.
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    Yea, Been watching this for little while.
    Ditto. I actually first heard about it on the Sig Forum where she posted about having difficulty getting the SIG she wanted w/ 10 round mags.
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    Imagine that, DC doing everything possible to discourage their serf's from owning guns.
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    Whats not to love?
    She's beautiful, smart, energetic, well spoken and in a job with some visibility which can garner somewhat of an audience.
    If she were not any of those, do you think anyone would have ever heard of her?
    Thank goodness the people of Disneyland on the Potomac have her championing a cause such as this.
    Hopefully she will get additional support from others in higher esteem which would help the cause go where it needs to be.
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