New Fox News piece: A Gun Ban By Any Other Name...

My new piece starts this way:

On Friday, a federal District Court judge tried to indirectly reinstate the D.C. handgun ban. Judge Ricardo Urbina, a Clinton appointee, wants to make it so difficult for people living in DC to use a handgun defensively that few will get one.

Last September, a Washington Post reporter, Christian Davenport, found out just how difficult it still is to get a handgun in D.C. even after the Supreme Court struck down the city's handgun ban. Excluding the price of the gun, the reporter spent $558.69 in various fees to get through the approval process. But that was only part of the cost. It took him "a total of 15 hours 50 minutes, four trips to the Metropolitan Police Department, two background checks, a set of fingerprints, a five-hour class and a 20-question multiple-choice exam."

So when do these types of regulations constitute just as much of a ban on handguns as an outright ban? A dollar tax solely on newspapers would clearly be struck down as unconstitutional. The power to regulate can destroy both the First and Second Amendments. Despite the costs, about a thousand people may have gotten handgun permits. That is only about 0.2 percent of adults living in D.C. The big change from the 2008 Heller decision might have simply been that D.C. law now requires that gun owners (primarily those owning long guns) only have to store their guns locked and unloaded if minors might have access to them. And it is probably this change that helps explain why D.C.'s murder rate fell by 25 percent the year after the handgun ban was struck down as unconstitutional. . . .

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice article John. I have a question. What's the difference between all the hoops that one would have to go through to get a gun permit in DC and the hoops that southern states used to "test" African Americans for inteligence prior to letting them vote? Both restrict an individuals Constitutional Rights. One practice has rightfully been stricken down, yet the other is allowed to flourish today.

Thanking God everyday that I live in the great State of Arizona.

3/31/2010 11:43 AM  
Blogger Suburban said...

Are they letting D.C. residents buy semi-automatics yet? Last I heard, any semi-automatic that could accept a magazine that holds more than 10-rounds was deemed a machinegun, and they wouldn't allow anyone, legally, to own a "machinegun."

4/01/2010 12:32 AM  

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