Gary Fields and Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal rightly observe that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia vs Heller doesn’t help American citizens in Washington, DC exercise their God-given right to spend their cash. Washingtonians can’t buy legal handguns when there aren’t any gun stores in town.
DC Acting Attorney General Peter Nickles promises to license handgun retailers in the city, but it seems he wants to drag out every little detail of the ruling’s implementation so he can stall, arguing aspects one-by-one in the courts. The U.S. Government has a time-tested way to short-circuit this strategy and circumvent the duly-elected local DC government: just ignore it.
Here’s a simple shortcut: Sell guns at the Smithsonian Shops. Buyers won’t even have to pay DC sales tax! The Smithsonian Shops, which currently earn hundreds of millions selling Astronaut Ice Cream to visiting tourists, will gain thousands of Washingtonians as customers.
The Smithsonian Shops are not part of the Federal Government, merely a business with a federal license to print money. For that matter, the Smithsonian itself is “quasi-governmental,” a private nonprofit when that avoids those pesky government regs and pay scales, a government agency when that permits federal subsidies and congressional earmarks.
The Smithsonian Shops could start selling guns tomorrow. Just ask the Chancellor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., 17th chief justice of the United States.
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