Mayor Fenty: "semiautomatic handguns generally remain illegal"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reading of the opinion of the majority of the court pretty well guts any defensible basis for Mayor Fenty's statement.

They (those in charge of the DC asylum) are going to have to get thumped again, it would seem.

6/26/2008 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Fenty actually gives the reason why a gun should be assembled and loaded, viz., "self-defense and emergencies."

Hooray for US.

6/26/2008 3:32 PM  
Blogger John A said...

The note about semi-automatic guns is amazing.

Not at all amazing, just stupidity in believing a six-shot revolver is safer for the owner than a seven-shot semi-automatic. And I wonder if the ban on semi-auto can be fought via the Americans with Disabilities Act as disproportionately and adversely affecting those who can load and fire but have difficulty working a bolt-action?

6/26/2008 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...automatic and semi-automatic handguns..."


Automatic weapons are illegal except as regulated by BATF.

Just trying to salvage as much as he can out of the loss, keep as many people disarmed as possible.

6/26/2008 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the mayor declaring that semi-automatic handguns remain illegal runs afoul of the following from the Heller decision:

"The handgun ban amounts to a prohibition of an entire class of “arms” that is overwhelmingly chosen by American society for that lawful purpose."

Accordingly, a semi-automatic handgun ban similarly bans an entire class of arms that are overwhelmingly chosen by American society for the lawful purpose of self defense.

6/26/2008 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very happy for the American people for today's court decision. Unfortunately I live in a country, Italy, where keeping arms is NOT a right...
As far as the Mayor...don't be surprised, here we hear much much worse...

6/26/2008 5:36 PM  
Blogger Jacobite said...

Fenty needs to shutup and read it and weep...

"....Similarly, the requirement that any lawful firearm in the
home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible
for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and
is hence unconstitutional."

The justices obviously realized what an idiot Mayor Fenty was and removed his "disassembled" locked requirement before he ever said it.

6/26/2008 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to the free people in the US! I wish we had such a right too over here in Germany. If you think the Brady Campaign is bad, better don't look at german (or EU for that matter) gun laws, you may feel coldness creeping up your spine :-)
To us, even California seems like a paradise!

Keep up the good work!

6/27/2008 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears to me that Fenty has said, on live TV, that DC fully intends to commit contempt of court and ignore the SCOTUS ruling.

6/27/2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will challenges to the mayor's new policy face the same standing hurdle that the original plaintiffs faced? I.e., will the procedures be ensconced in criminal laws so that plaintiffs have to be charged with a crime before they can challenge the law?

6/27/2008 2:30 PM  
Blogger John A said...

Update: Fenty may be right, semi-auto pistols are "machine" guns under DC law and still bannable??

*Pistols Still Banned*
The Court’s ruling today does not appear to affect the District’s ban on “machine guns,” which under DC law includes any gun “which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily converted or restored to shoot semiautomatically, more than 12 shots without manual reloading.” This definition would include virtually all semiautomatic handguns. As a result, the District’s ban can remain in force for those types of handguns, commonly known as pistols. In essence, the Court’s ruling for the most part will only affect revolvers and derringers.

6/27/2008 5:29 PM  

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