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March 10, 2009

Another Ridiculous Gun Regulation Challenged In Washington, D.C.

by Doug Mataconis

Last year’s Supreme Court case hasn’t stopped the District of Columbia from passing arbitrary gun laws clearly designed to restrict it’s citizens’ Second Amendment rights:

A D.C. woman filed suit in U.S. District Court yesterday, claiming that the city would not let her register a pistol because of its color.

Tracey A. Hanson argued that her application to register a .45-caliber semiautomatic was denied because the gun is not on the California Safe Handgun Roster, which is the standard in the city.

Hanson tried to register a two-tone, stainless steel/black pistol, according to the suit. But the list has that model in olive drab green, dark earth or black, not in two-tone, stainless/black, the suit asserts. Hanson said rejection for that reason “seemed so arbitrary.”

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Peter Nickles, the city’s attorney general, said he had not seen the lawsuit and could not discuss its details.

But he said he is confident that the D.C. regulations are “completely appropriate” under the Second Amendment.

Of course he does.

Hanson’s lawsuit joins one filed by Dick Heller, the main Plaintiff in the original lawsuit, back in July which challenges new gun laws passed by the city as too restrictive.

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  1. From my perspective, calling the new gun laws passed in D.C. is much worse than the word arbitrary projects.

    In my opinion, the new laws demonstrate with total clarity that the leaders of D.C. have total contempt for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Supreme Court; and most of all, it’s citizens.

    Knowing their city remains one of the most dangerous in the country, they are doing everything in their power to keep the citizens in the role of victims. It takes little time or intelligence to check out the FBI annual crime reports.

    While I’m sure they would never do this, it is also very easy to discover that despite all sorts of dire predictions about what will happen when law-abiding citizens arm themselve, in every state which has instituted a concealed carry permit legislation since 1982, that murder rates go down. Violent crime in general goes down. Property crimes do increase to a significant degree. Even should these sorry excuses for Americans be confronted with rock solid statistics/numbers, they would simply ignore them, believing they have the right to mess with the lives of citizens in any way they wish.

    Personally, I’m very happy with the Ensign Amendment to the Senate bill regarding giving the District a Representative in the House. If D.C. is being operated against the betterment of it’s citizens the leaders purport to represent, they do not deserve representation.

    If abiding by the Constitution, D.C. could go back to being part of the state of Maryland. They would still have representation, which the citizens deserve, but constitutional issues would be obviated.
    stare

    Comment by stare — March 11, 2009 @ 12:06 pm
  2. Now madam, in all fairness, it’s only because members of the local D.C. government have utmost respect for the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States that we’re allowing you the opportunity to be subjected to, and held in no less regard than the more common of criminals. Simply comply with all the requirements, pay the fees and register your gun to keep in your home for you to play with and feel secure and we’ll all get along just fine.
    Evidently madam, you don’t understand that after all that’s been done for you already, the very least you can do is not offend us and the law by attempting to gain our favor and have us bend the rules and allow you permission to have a gun that does not meet the color requirements.
    If we make an exception in your case and anyone finds out, there’ll be no end to what others might expect us to make exceptions for, and surely you know how unreasonable people can be.

    Comment by Socom16 — March 11, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
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  4. [...] California Approved…? I just read a section of the Patriot Post that said that one of the citizens of Washington DC, Tracey Hanson, tried to register her pistol she was denied due to DC using California’s approved weapons list. It turns out that if her particular pistol was either black, olive drab or dark earth she would have been good to go but she chose the evil two tone Stainless and black. Even though her model was “approved” in certain colors, the two tone version was not accepted by the morons in DC. What a country, we have people not only with a total disregard for the constitution but complete and total idiots running this place. The Liberty Papers Blog Archive Another Ridiculous Gun Regulation Challenged In Washington, D.C. [...]

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