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DC Unveils Registration Pamphlet

After Heller, comes this.

Highlights received via email:

Official Washington DC firearm registration pamphlet issued
Interesting highlights:

1. Only shotguns*/**, rifles**, and revolvers can be registered.
*Shotguns with a barrel length less than 20″ aren’t legal.
**Any semi-automatic firearm that can fire or could be made/restored to fire more than 12 rounds without being manually reloaded is illegal.

2. NFA and semi-automatic handguns are illegal.

3. You must be 21 or older to register ANY firearm.

4. Anyone found guilty of any prostitution-related offense is disqualified from registering a firearm. (Never heard of this restriction in any other state before..!)

5. Cost is $13 per firearm plus a $35 fingerprinting fee and it can take up to 14 days to get the registration through.

More:

Pass a test?

I’m one to talk but they could have sprung the $$ for a proof reader.

I think that semi-auto handgun thing is going to get DC into more trouble. If It is enough to note, as we have observed, that the American people have considered the handgun to be the quintessential self-defense weapon, then the fact a semi-auto handgun is the most popular, well, you know.

And:

Must not suffer from a physical defect which would make it unsafe for you to possess and use a firearm safely and responsibly.

Wow.

More: Safe storage (i.e., useless storage) has gone from required to strongly encouraged.

$48 in fees.

But of course: Hours of operation at inconvenient times for working folks.

14 days is a long time to wait, if someone is trying to kill you.

38 Responses to “DC Unveils Registration Pamphlet”

  1. Nomen Nescio Says:

    Must not suffer from a physical defect which would make it unsafe for you to possess and use a firearm safely and responsibly.

    these doofi must have a getting-sued and losing-in-court fetish.

  2. trainer Says:

    Yeah, I wonder how they’re going to get away with not registering semi-auto pistols.

    …And what test?

  3. SayUncle Says:

    i’m telling you guys, DC is the gift that keeps on giving

  4. BWM Says:

    So when they piss off the supreme beings in shiny black robes with these idiotic restrictions what will the repercussions be? I assume they won’t throw Fenty in jail or anything, but surely there must be some mechanism in place for dealing with this non-sense.

    Also, do challenges to specifics such as “no semi-auto handguns” (lol) have to make their way back through the court system to the supreme court, or is there a more direct route to protest that this doesn’t meet the standards established by the ruling?

  5. Robb Allen Says:

    What they gots against whores?

  6. JJR Says:

    “do challenges to specifics such as ‘no semi-auto handguns’ (lol) have to make their way back through the court system to the supreme court,”

    Unfortunately, I think the answer is yes.

    It would be nice if Fenty could be cited for Contempt of Court, but I don’t know if it works that way with SCOTUS.

  7. anon Says:

    14 days is a HUGE improvement. My first Rifle registration took 54 days.

  8. anon Says:

    “What they gots against whores?”

    DC doesn’t want their police officers getting shot by their bichez:

    “http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18014-2004Dec21.html”

    “D.C. Officer Ran Prostitution Business, Police Say”
    By Del Quentin Wilber and Jamie Stockwell
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Wednesday, December 22, 2004; Page B04

  9. Gregory Morris Says:

    Note: “Any caliber of weapon may be registered.”

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Someone register one of these.

  10. Gregory Morris Says:

    “Pass a 20-question multiple choice test” – I can’t wait to see this.

  11. Gregory Morris Says:

    Oh, and I wonder what would happen if you tried to register a Mauser C96…

  12. Robert Says:

    OK, so what is Sugarman going to charge to tranfser a Garand to DC? That’s the BIG question.

  13. Nomen Nescio Says:

    that first point is just begging for somebody to try and register a Mateba.

  14. Robert Says:

    Some handicapped person with an NRA qualification card in some shooting discipline ought to sue for a MINT. Official discrimination. Wow.

  15. Robert Says:

    Maybe the prostitution disqualification is to keep the politicians unarmed.

    Wonder where you get a hard copy of this? Big fun.

  16. SayUncle Says:

    robert, download at the link and print it.

  17. Linoge Says:

    Well, if they wanted to piss off the Supreme Court justices, this was probably a good way to do so. I thought Scalia was pretty clear when it came to pistols, but I guess not… Granted, he did not come out and specifically say, “semi-automatic pistols”, but come on.

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  19. gattsuru Says:

    that first point is just begging for somebody to try and register a Mateba.

    I don’t think they’d notice, or know, the difference. The semi-auto ban is there to stop the ever-deadly fast reloading or normal capacity magazines, not to add a bit of trigger draw distance. Stupid, stupid crap.

  20. Standard Mischief Says:

    Owning a gun in the District of Columbia is an awesome responsibility.

    Awesome, man.

    registering your firearm is not only your duty, it’s the law

    Writing stupid pamphlets is not only in their job description, it’s just part of their job.

    When Virginia got discreet carry permits, the northern VA counties had some PITA “shall-issue” license forms. They were asking for the address of neighbors you have had for the past decade and stuff like that. I don’t recall how exactly they got bitch-slapped over that, but I understand the requirements aren’t that bad in VA anymore.

    Anyway, you’re in this fight for the RKBA thingy for the long haul, right. Let’s get started suing.

  21. Alcibiades McZombie Says:

    What about derringers or single-shot pistols? (Or even a bolt-action pistol.) Those aren’t revolvers…

  22. Rob K Says:

    I wonder what Dick Heller’s “on-the-job” gun is? I hope it’s a 23 round crunchenticker, and Scalia goes with him to the registration office.

  23. Standard Mischief Says:

    Anyway, youíre in this fight for the RKBA thingy for the long haul, right. Letís get started suing

    So to challenge the semi auto ban you would have to what?

    1. Smuggle in a Glock, because Josh Sugarman can’t sell you one.
    2. Try to register the firearm under D.C.’s planned amnesty program within the time window.
    3. Have it confiscated and have yourself thrown in jail
    4. Sue

    Any other ideas?

  24. Lyle Says:

    1. Only shotguns*/**, rifles**, and revolvers can be registered.
    *Shotguns with a barrel length less than 20″ arenít legal.
    **Any semi-automatic firearm that can fire or could be made/restored to fire more than 12 rounds without being manually reloaded is illegal.

    Criminals will of course have anything they want.

    2. NFA and semi-automatic handguns are illegal.

    Only YOU are prohibited from having them. Criminals and police will have them.

    3. You must be 21 or older to register ANY firearm.

    Unless you’re a criminal, in which case you won’t register anything.

    4. Anyone found guilty of any prostitution-related offense is disqualified from registering a firearm. (Never heard of this restriction in any other state before..!)

    If prostitition laws don’t stop you, gun laws won’t stop you either.

    5. Cost is $13 per firearm plus a $35 fingerprinting fee and it can take up to 14 days to get the registration through.

    Except for criminals, who will get their guns cheap, pay no fees, with no fingerprinting, and without waiting.

    IMO, whoever wrote these rules, and especially anyone who would consider them seriously, is mentally unfit to serve, ipso facto.

  25. HokiePundit Says:

    Is there any reason someone from Virginia or Maryland could simply move to DC, take their firearms with them, and try and register the lot?

    I also wonder if the Mateba (or a Webley-Fosberry) wouldn’t be the perfect tool for this, being both a revolver and a semiautomatic.

    Then again, presumably the courts will slap them down anyway, so maybe it’s not crucial.

  26. GeorgeH Says:

    Is there a semi-auto shotgun made today that can’t have the magazine extended to hold a dozen of the 1.5″ Aguila mini shells with a couple of extensions?

  27. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    I have a friend who is a quadriplegic, a George Town lawyer, and now works for the Justice Department on discrimination cases. Iíll ask him what he thinks about this.

    I took him to the range and set up a rig with a Varminter rest, my 10/22, and a red dot sight. After he shot for about an hour I asked him if he needed anything. His answer was ďmore ammo.Ē

  28. Rob K Says:

    This pdf is a bit rougher. It says registration will take 8 weeks, and you have to pass a vision test, in addition to everything else the other one says.

    Here we go! “The sale of handguns is prohibited within the District of Columbia.”

  29. Tam Says:

    They’re not really here for the hunting, are they?

  30. teqjack Says:

    They may lose the law banning semi-auto handguns. But they’ll still be illegal, because

    Any semi-automatic firearm that can fire or could be made/restored to fire more than 12 rounds without being manually reloaded is illegal.

    While noted above, add that this is from the DC law about machine guns and covers just about everything with any type of magazine – they may be hard to find and quite impractical but fifteen-round mags for the 1911 do exist, which makes any 1911 handgun a “machine” gun. And the same could be done for any magazine-fed semiauto, even the tube-fed ones.

  31. Standard Mischief Says:

    This is Google’s HTML cache version of the link that Rob K provided:

    http://tinyurl.com/3evm5h

    Much easier to read/search/scrape.

  32. countertop Says:

    semi-automatic handguns are illegal.

    well, I guess my sale is off. At least till we get this one thrown out – and it looks like I may have a willing client, provided, someone else doesn’t get there first.

  33. Gene Says:

    I thought charging a fee for a right was considered a tax, illeagle under the constitution.

  34. jed Says:

    I don’t know about SCOTUS issuing contempt citations, but it shouldn’t be too tough to get an injunction against enforcement of the new and retained laws, based on Heller. My guess is that Levy, Gura, and/or NRA, SAF, etc. will have thought of the probable necessity for such. My hope is that the lower court where that would get filed is better at reading comprehension than Fenty & Co.

  35. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    DC has a MG ban that blocks most semi-autos, but guns like the Sig 239 and Glock 36 should not fall under the MG ban (ok none should).

  36. gator Says:

    And this is just for registration of the firearm itself (i.e. to own or “keep” the firearm). Isn’t there still a requirement for a license to carry (i.e. to hold or “bear” the firearm)? Seems like… uh, what’s the word I’m looking for… an infringement.

  37. Don Meaker Says:

    Smith Wesson 625, until all the other silly rules are corrected.

    And for a shotgun, consider the double barrelled. With 3 inch magnums, and number 1 shot you get 25 each .30 caliber projectiles. Twice.

    Unless that makes it a machinegun….

  38. Cybrludite Says:

    Gator,

    The original case didn’t bring the subject up, so the SCOTUS couldn’t rule on concealed (or for that matter, open) carry.

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