According to the Washington Times, this is a first in America.
Starting on Jan. 2, every single D.C. resident who has registered a firearm since 1976 must go to police headquarters to pay a $48 fee and be photographed and fingerprinted.
The Metropolitan Police Department estimates there are at least 30,000 registered gun owners.
If the registrant does not go to the police station within three months after a set time frame, the registration is revoked. That citizen is then in possession of an unregistered firearm, which is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
The gun itself is put into a category of weapons that can never be registered, just as though it were a machine gun or a sawed-off shotgun.
The city has not made clear how it will enforce the law, but the police are in possession of all registrants’ home addresses so confiscation and arrests would be simple…
The three-year expiration date is supposed to uncover if a gun owner does something that makes him suddenly a danger to society, such as committing a felony, becoming a drug addict or being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital. Source: Washington Times
In our Nazi-ized nation’s capital, you must by a gun from a licensed dealer within Washington, D.C. and sell it only to a licensed dealer within the District. A gun owner may not take possession of a weapon until it has been registered. You must complete a training course conducted by a state-certified firearms instructor. You can keep your firearm in your home or business and use it for “lawful recreational purposes.” You cannot carry a concealed weapon on the streets of Washington, D.C. and obviously no open-carry is available for your protection. Criminals are ecstatic. Robberies are up through 2011.
The Washington Posts says the “homicide rate is up, but violent crime continues to decrease,” compared to past years. The Washington Navy Yard “lone shooter” killings of 12 people who were forbidden to carry a weapon on base, is blamed for the 2013 increase of 104 homicides compared to 2012’s 88.
Note that states with higher levels of gun ownership are somewhat more likely to have below average rates of hate crimes. Note that jurisdictions with ownership rates less than half the national average are certain to have a higher rate of hate crimes….
The real flyer in the data is DC with a very low rate of gun ownership and a very high rate of hate crimes. Over 1/3 of the states are in the more guns / less crime quadrant of the graph. That is significantly higher than one would expect if the distribution were random.
Hate crimes usually consist of something a white person does to a non-white person, so…there’s that.
If you own a registered weapon in the District of Columbia, you will be wise to get yourself to Police Headquarters in the next 90 days; not doing so renders your gun unqualified for registration, and perhaps worse. DC police want private ownership of guns banned. The Supreme Courts says that’s a no-no. This is the next best plan.
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