Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Outrage in the Nation's Capital

Despite the landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer, confirming the individual right to keep and bear arms under the 2nd Amendment, Washington, D.C. continues to defy the law of the land. The District has enacted "emergency legislation laws" in blatant disregard for the Supreme Court's ruling and continues to unlawfully reject the pistol permit applications of its residents. In fact, since the Court's ruling, of the 400 pistol applications submitted, only 16 have been granted!

Further evidence shows that the District has made the simple act of applying for a pistol permit extremely difficult, in an apparent attempt to discourage applicants. Applicants are forced to jump through hoops such as multiple visits to police headquarters, passing a written test on D.C. handgun laws and submitting their pistol for "ballistic fingerprinting" only to have their application rejected anyway. Here's the kicker, unless a D.C. resident already has a pistol permit, he/she CANNOT legally transport his/her pistol to law enforcement for ballistic testing. Washington, D.C. continues to refuse its residents the basic human right to self-defense. The gang-bangers, thugs, rapists and armed robbers must be laughing their ass off since these draconian rules do not apply to them. They continue to use firearms to commit their heinous crimes while law-abiding citizens are being told to pay massive fees and jump through dozens of hoops merely to apply for their RIGHT to own a functioning firearm for personal protection.

Thankfully, a bi-partisan effort to alleviate this fascism is underway in the U.S. Congress and shockingly enough, it has the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has promised to put the bill up for a vote. The Second Amendment Enforcement Act (H.R. 6691) will repeal the District's ban on semi-automatic pistols. Semi-automatic pistols have been the most popular and commonly purchased handguns in the United States for the last 20 years. D.C. continues to ban semi-automatic handguns despite the Supreme Court ruling that said ban is unconstitutional.

H.R. 6691 will further repeal the current D.C. registration system that requires multiple visits to police headquarters, ballistics testing, passing a written test on D.C. gun laws, fingerprinting and limiting registration to one handgun per 90 days. The current system is unduly burdensome according to H.R. 6691.

-- Skyboss

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