(Part 2 of 4) Congress is up in arms over D.C. violating injured vet’s personal property rights. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a gun owner and hunter, fired off a letter to D.C. Chief Cathy Lanier, saying that he would, “strongly encourage you to return the firearms to Lt. Kim’s possession as soon as possible.” Mr. Graham, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, hand wrote in all capital letters at the bottom: “PLEASE LET US KNOW SOON!”
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(Part 1 of 4) After being injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Lt. Augustine Kim spent the night in a D.C. jail for possessing unregistered guns. Mr. Kim was transporting his firearms from his parents’ house in New Jersey to South Carolina when he stopped at Walter Reed in Washington for a medical appointment in the summer of 2010. After being pulled over, handcuffed, arrested, thrown in jail overnight, his guns were confiscated by the city.
Washington gun owners’ rights are, once again, getting blown off by city leaders. While the city council voted unanimously on April 17 in favor of a bill to ease restrictions on Second Amendment rights, Mayor Vincent Gray has not signed the bill into law.
Give the Council of the District of Columbia some credit. They're actually responding to criticisms about how the city's gun laws are being implemented. The council’s Judiciary Committee chairman, Phil Mendelson, used his oversight powers to force the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to make changes over the last two weeks so that officers would properly explain and enforce the three-year old firearms’ laws.
The District took a big step on Tuesday toward bringing its gun laws in line with the rest of America. While an oppressive registration requirement remains in place, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to make the overall process of becoming a handgun owner significantly less expensive and time-consuming for residents.
I took District Council Chairman Kwame Brown shooting for the first time. Read the story of our trip to the range, days before a vote to make it easier to get a legal gun in Washington.
Law-abiding gun owners can run into serious trouble when on the move. Venturing into firearm-unfriendly states creates confusion about what individuals need to do to abide by a confusing maze of regulations. Congress should act to prevent honest citizens from winding up behind bars because police are misinformed.
Senior Editor Emily Miller was interviewed by NRA News about her investigation into the gun transport laws in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Cam Edwards is the host of the radio show "Cam and Company." The video of the interview is below:
Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has had two weeks to remove false information about the city’s gun transport laws from its forms and website. It has no interest in doing so. With the D.C primary election taking place on Tuesday, it’s important to know how the City Council will use its oversight powers to force a correction.
VIDEO: Senior Editor Emily Miller was interviewed by NRA News about her investigation of gun transport laws in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Cam Edwards is the host of the radio show "Cam and Company."
D.C. gun transport laws are not nearly as stringent as city officials tell the public. But while D.C.’s transport laws turn out to be similar to the standard state law and the federal law, its neighbor Maryland has many more restrictions.
Washington, D.C. police appear prepared to arrest gun owners even if they aren’t breaking the law. The written and verbal information given out by the city to gun owners is frequently incorrect. Transporting a gun through the District, whether as a resident or visitor, is not nearly as big of a legal risk as the police department experts say. However, the possibility of being falsely arrested and having your legal gun taken away remain a significant concern.
After four years of trying to hide from the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, Washington realized its gun laws had to change. On Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to relax firearm registration requirements. The process to fix the law started just a few weeks after The Washington Times began a series documenting the District’s excessive hurdles to gun ownership.
Washington residents are up in arms, though not armed. With violent crime up 40 percent in the first two months of the year - including double the number of robberies at gunpoint - residents are looking for ways to protect themselves. Elected officials and police have no solution. (VIDEO)
The District has moved one step closer to showing due respect to the Second Amendment. Potential gun owners will now save hours of their time and hundreds of dollars as a council committee voted to eliminate hurdles meant to discourage the law-abiding from keeping arms in the nation’s capital.