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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Washington Council Enacts Tough Gun-Control Measure

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. [Mark Godsey]

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Are people still fighting for this?
It's not the wild west anymore!

Posted by: Roger McBride | Jan 6, 2009 5:04:17 AM

if i am wrong,i will be more than willing to apolgize. as i read dc new gun regulations it bothers me. i submitted my proposal for gun control to two different dc agencies. one being a councilman and the other a police precient. i also stated in my proposal, not to release this information without first contacting me. i tried on several occations to reach these people and left messages. i do not want to think they would use my information as though it was thiers. what should i do ?

Posted by: David L. Cox | Jan 6, 2009 5:04:18 AM

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