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Registration leads to . . .

90 more days of paperwork.

Seems DC is going to turn lawful gun owners into criminals:

Big changes for gun owners in the nation’s capital will impact tens of thousands of law-abiding citizens, many of whom have no idea the change is coming.

The new requirement for gun owners in the District goes into effect next year and failure to comply could mean jail time.
Starting Jan. 1 all registered gun owners in D.C. must re-register their firearms within 90 days. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says notices will start going out to gun owners soon.

“Every three years you’ll have to confirm you still live in the District and you still have your firearm.” Lanier tells WNEW.
The re-registration requirement will impact anyone who registered a firearm in the District from 1976 to 2010.

“There are probably between 40,000 and 50,000 people who registered a gun during that time.” Lanier says.

Not everybody is happy with the new requirement. Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, worries the requirement could make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners.

“Of the 50,000 or however many people there are, at least one person won’t comply,” Shapiro says. “Not willfully, but because they haven’t heard about the new law and all of a sudden they’ll be in technical violation of the law which has serious penalties.”

So, you registered? No, do it again only it’s double secret registration that we can’t tell you about.

The good news is that many people in DC own guns.

8 Responses to “Registration leads to . . .”

  1. Cargosquid Says:

    And, of course, next year, DC will probably change the rules AGAIN.

  2. tincankilla Says:

    my least favorite part of going through the 15? step process of getting a gun in DC in 2013 was being fingerprinted. as the cop processed all ten fingers, snapping at me to relax, i reminded her that getting fingerprinted was a first for me and that i found this whole process to be invasive and hard. she scoffed and told me “this is easy!”

  3. Sigivald Says:

    Does DC want to get sued again?

    Is the idea to find out, via continual court cases, exactly how onerous they can make the process?

    Actually, that idea isn’t implausible.

    (It’s also as if they want to give a gift to gun-rights activists nationwide, demonstrating that there is no “good faith” registration scheme in the nation.

    So there’s that.)

  4. snoopycomputer Says:

    40,000 gun owners in need of registration?
    90 days?

    Need to average processing those 40,000 at
    444 per day
    55 of them in an 8 hour work day
    roughly 1 applicant per minute during their regular work day.

    If not a failure, this will add up to a lot of overtime pay for public employees.

  5. DocMerlin Says:

    This is why you don’t register the first time. When you do, it lets them know where you live, and lets them begin the “paper wall” to make sure you eventually fail some requirement and they take away your guns.

  6. rickn8or Says:

    snoopycomputer, I’m betting the DC Po-leece aren’t staffed for that. I swagged it at about 100/hour all day, every day; glad to see my numbers were within reason.
    Of course, that doesn’t count all the “Shucky-darn, the computer is broke again. Looks like you’ll have to come back again tomorrow/next week/next month.”

  7. ASM826 Says:

    A whole lot more people than that own guns in DC. They are called criminals.

  8. Anon Says:

    It’s worth noting that not a single one of the old style registration certificates has an expiration date. Seems like a challenge on ‘ex post facto’ grounds may have a shot.

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