New DC Gun Law

New DC Gun Law

Let the Firearms Follies begin.

No one will be happy with the new District of Columbia handgun law. It is not stringent enough for handgun opponents, and will be abused. It will not please handgun enthusiasts: the registration process does not even have a drive-through window or one-hour service.

Handgun fanciers want the weapons As Seen on TV!the ones that never need reloading, don’t recoil, aim themselves, and always hit what they are pointed at. And they want them now.

But semi-automatic handguns are classified as machine guns in the DC Code, and D.C. citizens will not be allowed to register them. The choice is limited to revolvers or single-shot target pistols. Too bad TV is awash in crime shows. If Gunsmoke was still popular, revolvers would in greater demand.

Revolvers fire five or six shots and then need reloading. With semi-automatics, folks who cannot hit what they aim at after six tries can kill or injure up to thirteen innocent bystanders. No wonder everyone wants semi-automatics!  Under Washington’s new law, handguns must be kept in the home, so bystanders will certainly be family, friends, and neighbors. Of course, those are most often the targets of civilian handguns anyway.

Actually, one bunch of folks loves the new law. Local burglars are ecstatic. It is much easier to leave a break-in with a handgun than a bulky big-screen TV.

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7 Responses to “New DC Gun Law”

  1. totaltransformation Says:

    “If Gunsmoke was still popular, revolvers would in greater demand.”

    There is nothing wrong with revolvers. Mine works like a gem. 😉 Just have to make sure you hit your target in the first five tries, since they reload awful slow.

    “Under Washington’s new law, handguns must be kept in the home, so bystanders will certainly be family, friends, and neighbors.”

    You can by bullets that shatter into thousands of tiny rather harmless pieces once they hit a wall. It is a good way to prevent a bullet from passing through and harming a loved one when shooting at an armed assailant in the home.

    “Actually, one bunch of folks loves the new law. Local burglars are ecstatic.”

    That is until they run into the reality of an armed home owner like myself.

    In all seriousness, now we will have a chance to see what happens to crime rates in D.C. I am willing to bet that night time burglaries will drop significantly at the very least. As to the remaining crimes, I am waiting to see before I make any predictions.

  2. Ducker Says:

    Here in Honduras we have a severely F´ed Gun Law…. no automatics allowed for no one except the military, cops and of course crime which favors the always handy AK-47.

    Now, theres only 1 store allowed in the whole country with the license to sell firearms and guess what they only sell crap, seriously CRAP, so honest citizens can only buy crappy guns at triple the cost while criminals smuggle them or whatever and…oh well you do the math, it sucks.

  3. r2streu Says:

    Do you honestly believe that people who break into homes really love the new law? If anything, they like that it’s still harder for law-abiding citizens to get a decent firearm than it is for lawbreaker.

    What you seem to ignore in your smug assessment of gun owners and gun rights is that criminals don’t care about law. That’s what makes them criminals. Most of them have guns anway — which, fyi, is why there were still gun-related crimes in DC, even during the gun ban.

  4. johnnypeepers Says:

    “It is much easier to leave a break-in with a handgun than a bulky big-screen TV.”

    That is assuming the burglar is still alive.

  5. Mike Licht Says:

    totaltransformation, r2streu and johnnypeepers: The vast majority of burglaries occur during the daytime, when homes are empty. In fact, many burglaries occur between 3:30PM and 5:00PM — kids break in on the way home from school — this is true in affluent suburbs, too.

    With handguns carelessly strewn about — I mean conveniently within reach in case the fantasy home invaders from Mars show up — children, teens, and burglars will be well-armed in no time. Some will just sell weapons to real bad guys, some will graduate to robbery with violence themselves, some — especially the younger ones — will inadvertently shoot themselves or their friends and family.

  6. r2streu Says:

    you’re assuming gun owners are idiots. Most responsible gun owners keep them locked — even if they are within easy reach. And usually, it’s not a situation where a burglar, entering in the daylight, would take the time to find it. Generally, responsible gun owners don’t keep the “carelessly strewn about.”

  7. Mike Licht Says:

    you’re assuming gun owners are idiots.

    It is safe to assume most people are.

    Most responsible gun owners keep them locked

    Really? DC law asks this and gun owners — most of whom do not live here — scream.

    It’s not a situation where a burglar, entering in the daylight, would take the time to find it.

    If valuables like handguns are within easy reach? Of course they will find them.

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