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A blog covering our Second Amendment freedoms featuring Opinion Page Senior Editor Emily Miller. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyMiller

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MILLER: Why I still haven’t bought a gun in D.C.

After careful consideration, I decided on buying the Sig Sauer P229 two-tone. I knew I wanted a full-size 9mm that I could handle well and that felt comfortable in my hands. But after endless searching, I can't find one that is legal to register in the District of Columbia. I've hit a wall in my effort to get a legal handgun in Washington.

MILLER: Making guns near D.C.

The District of Columbia lawmakers make it as hard as possible for law-abiding citizens to own guns. So I was quite amazed to learn that Beretta USA's factory is just thirty minutes outside the city. Recently, the company invited me to visit them to observe the manufacturing process and shoot some of their guns.

Which gun should Emily buy?

As part of the "Emily gets her gun" series, Emily Miller needs to find a handgun that she could buy to register legally in Washington, D.C. Please vote for the one you think she should buy.

MILLER: Choosing a gun

In my quest to obtain a legal gun in Washington, D.C., I've gone to the police department, taken a 5-hour course, filled out paperwork and meet with the city’s only dealer. I’ve now fulfilled any requirements that can be done before giving the city the serial number of my new gun, so I’m ready to decide what to buy.

MILLER: Interstate Travel for a D.C. Gun

In all my struggles so far with the red tape the District requires before I can get my hands on a legal gun, the safety class requirement was the most time-consuming, expensive and difficult to fulfill. How can it be constitutional for D.C. residents to be forced to go to another state to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms?

MILLER: Taking the D.C. gun safety class

It took weeks of research and dozens of phone calls to finally find a suitable place to take the required gun safety class to register a handgun in the nation's capital. Thanks to a referral from Atlantic guns, I found Donna Worthy -- even though she's not on the list of certified instructors given out by Metropolitan Police Department.

MILLER: Washington’s unsafe, gun safety class

To legally own a gun in the nation’s capital, you have to take a gun safety class from a D.C.-certified instructor. This requirement has become my biggest source of frustration in getting a legal handgun because the city makes finding a class so difficult.

MILLER: Learning to shoot a gun

At the same time as I trudge through the Washington, D.C. bureaucracy in my attempt to get a legal handgun for self defense, I need to learn how to safely operate and shoot a gun.

MILLER: Who’s eligible for a gun in D.C.?

The right to keep and bear arms only applies to certain people in the nation's capital. One of the 17 steps that I still have in order to register a gun in Washington, D.C. is filing out a “Statement of Eligibility”. The form contains 10 yes-or-no questions intended to weed out those ineligible to legally have a gun in the city.

MILLER: Steps to gun ownership in D.C.

My quest to get a legal handgun in Washington, D.C. feels daunting. I’ve been overwhelmed by all that is required before I can take legal possession of a purchased gun. I needed to get organized, so I made a checklist of the required steps, bringing order to the complicated mess of instructions given by the city. I’m going to work my way down this list:

MILLER: D.C.’s only gun source

You can’t just go out and legally buy a gun in the nation’s capital. And if you buy a gun out-of-state or on the Internet, you can’t ship it to yourself the city or drive it over the Potomac river. In the 21-page packet of papers given to potential gun owners from the Firearm Registration Section, there is not a single word to explain how to bring a purchased gun into the city after registering it. The one clue the police will provide is a Xerox copy of Charles Sykes’s business card stapled to the registration form.