DC Council Passes New Gun Control Laws: MERGED

DC Council Passes New Gun Control Laws: MERGED

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    DC Council Passes New Gun Control Laws: MERGED

    Washington Council Enacts Tough Gun-Control Measure

    By MICHAEL FALCONE
    Published: December 16, 2008
    WASHINGTON — Nearly six months after the Supreme Court put an end to the District of Columbia’s decades-old ban on handgun possession, the City Council here passed a sweeping new ordinance on Tuesday to regulate gun ownership.

    The legislation would require all gun owners to receive five hours of safety training and to register their firearms every three years. In addition, they would have to undergo a criminal background check every six years.

    Councilman Phil Mendelson, who helped draft the bill and shepherd it through the Council, called it a “very significant piece of legislation that borrows best practices from other states.”

    Opponents said the legislation flew in the face of the Supreme Court ruling in June.

    “The D.C. Council continues to try to make it harder and harder for law-abiding citizens to access this freedom,” Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, told The Associated Press.

    Since the Supreme Court struck down the district’s handgun ban, the Council had stitched together a series of emergency measures to regulate gun ownership. Those included allowing residents to keep handguns in their homes, but only if they were used for self-defense.

    This fall members of Congress sought to pass a bill that would have rolled back some of the temporary restrictions, but it stalled.

    In the landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to own a gun and overturned the district’s 32-year-old ban.

    At the time, Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion, acknowledged the problem of handgun violence, but said, “It is not the role of this court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.”

    Proponents of the current legislation said it was the strongest move by district officials to toughen Washington’s gun laws since the court ruling. At the Council session, the body’s chairman, Vincent C. Gray, told of how as a child he was almost accidentally shot by his brother.

    Mr. Mendelson said in an interview that he was optimistic that a provision of the new ordinance that required certain handguns to be “microstamped” beginning in 2011 would help in tracking down violent offenders.

    He also said the bill had provisions to make it more difficult for some residents, like those who have a history of violent behavior or have been committed to a mental institution within the last five years, to register to own a gun.

    “A lot of critics of gun registration say that all it does is it restrict law-abiding people,” Mr. Mendelson said. “But the reality is it makes it easier for law enforcement to go after criminals.”

    These clowns in the city council just won't give up.
    "The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree..."
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    Leave it to politicians of a certain flavor to try to find a way to circumvent the intent of the law.

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    Very well said, These clowns in the city council just won't give up. The fight is just starting. We have a long road a head of us.
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    (BAD)D.C. council answers gun ruling with more rules

    D.C. council answers gun ruling with new rules - Life- msnbc.com

    D.C. council answers gun ruling with new rules
    Gun owners must now register weapons every three years, get training
    The Associated Press
    updated 6:12 p.m. ET, Tues., Dec. 16, 2008

    WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia Council passed more regulations for gun owners Tuesday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city's 32-year-old handgun ban.

    Among other things, the bill requires gun owners to register their weapons every three years and receive training by a certified firearms instructor.

    "This bill will be, I think, one of the most progressive registration laws in the country," Council member Phil Mendelson said.

    The National Rifle Association accused the city of forcing residents to jump through unnecessary hurdles, thereby undermining the intent of the Supreme Court's ruling in June that affirmed the right of Americans to keep guns in the home for self defense.

    "The D.C. Council continues to try to make it harder and harder for law-abiding citizens to access this freedom," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said.

    In September, the House passed an NRA-backed bill that would have essentially stripped the city of its ability to regulate firearms, but the measure died in the Senate.

    Gun violence common in D.C.
    D.C. leaders say they are trying to be respectful of the Supreme Court case while doing everything they can to enact strict gun control measures in a city where gun violence is common.

    "No constitutional right is absolute, nor is this right to possess a gun in the home for self defense," said councilwoman Mary Cheh, a law professor at George Washington University.

    Since the handgun ban was overturned, the council has passed legislation allowing residents to own most semiautomatic pistols while banning magazines capable of firing more than 10 rounds. Registration also is limited to one pistol a month, and gun owners face prosecution if they fail to keep loaded weapons away from children.

    Tuesday's bill builds on those regulations. It requires gun owners to spend at least one hour at the firing range and four hours in the classroom with an instructor before registration. The bill also requires a criminal background check for gun owners every six years.
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    What a HUGE load of toro feces.
    First of all, we need to discover who in the Senate voted against the NRA bill and begin sending letters.

    I hope some DC resident challenges the new requirement.

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    I think the time has come. Time to build a air tight dome over DC, suck out all the air and just forget about it!
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    They just can't leave it alone can they.

    Registering a gun every three years. What a load of baloney.

    Has anyone ever seen a number on a gun change? Perhaps the Anti's have no faith in their record keeping abilitys.

    No constitutional right is absolute, nor is this right to possess a gun in the home for self defense," said councilwoman Mary Cheh, a law professor at George Washington University.


    Wrong again. Another brilliant statement by an educated idiot in the city with the largest population of educated idiots in the world.

    the council has passed legislation allowing residents to own most semiautomatic pistols while banning magazines capable of firing more than 10 rounds. Registration also is limited to one pistol a month, and gun owners face prosecution if they fail to keep loaded weapons away from children.
    yep..that's some real crime stopping ability there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I think the time has come. Time to build a air tight dome over DC, suck out all the air and just forget about it!
    Where will you store all the toxic air you take out, can't just let it sit and leak out in to the real World as it may start to infect the air around normal people.
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    So DC borrowed all the "best" stuff from NY, and CA ........ well at least those in DC can now have one, I'm sure they are happy to abide by the rules considering where they were a few years ago.

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    I think the minutemen need to start working on a fence surrounding D.C.
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    What???

    Those fools think we have to register or be trained for a civil right?

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    I wouldn't be suprised if they try to make up even more regulations that in the end, would result in another ban.
    They'll probably require the training must take place in DC, but you can't carry your gun to the training, and they may put so many fees and regulations on the instructors that no one will want to be an instructor in DC. That's on top of dealers having to be a certain distance from schools.
    That's what they're after, some kind of loopholes to get back to an all-out ban.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigman232 View Post
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    "No constitutional right is absolute, nor is this right to possess a gun in the home for self defense," said councilwoman Mary Cheh, a law professor at George Washington University.

    <snip>
    Really?!?!? Try telling that to people who enjoy rights protected by the 5th, 6th or 7th Amendments. Better yet, try that argument where the 13th, 15th, 19th, 24th or 26th Amendments are concerned an see how that works out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paco View Post
    Where will you store all the toxic air you take out, can't just let it sit and leak out in to the real World as it may start to infect the air around normal people.
    It would be a closed system, and since it's the seat of government, and there are a lot of lawyers and lobbyists, all the hot air would serve as an alternate energy source! Win, win.
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    Recent released statistics showed that DC was #1 in the nation on the ratio of released felons to 100,000 people. No wonder there are gun issues in the district. I also wonder if that included our elected officials on Capital Hill?

    On the downside, Arkansas was #2

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