Registering a firearm in D.C.
So now that the 2nd Amendment has been affirmed as an individual right we get to see what "reasonable restrictions" D.C. seeks to impose.
1. Registration - $13 per firearm + $35 fingerprinting fee. - Unconstitutional poll tax levied upon an individual right. Check.
2. Complete a 20 question multiple choice test - Unconstitutional literacy test. Check. If it's unconstitutional for voting it's unconstitutional for any other individual right.
3. Application, Driver's license, firearms test, several fees, passport photos, fingerprinting, eligibility statement. Hmmm, Obama and the Democrats claim requiring any form of state-ID for voting is unconstitutional. Voting and gun ownership are both fundamental individual rights, and Heller has now made the latter definitive. All of the crap I've listed creates a serious barrier to entry for the poor & minorities. Where are the liberals, where's the ACLU? (haha)
How detailed is the application? How detailed is the test? They could easily make it so hard that no-one could pass it, or doctor the results etc. The entire licensing and registration system is going to be purposefully inefficient and grotesquely corrupt at all level. This is D.C. we're talking about, so that can be pretty much guaranteed. Just wait and see how many people will actually be able to get a license.
They've said semi-auto's are still banned. This shows blatant disregard for Scalia's decision. How dumb is Mayor Fenty? Or is this just the blind hubrus of a tyrant? Of course if the words "The right of the people" and "Shall not be infringed" don't mean anything to him why would "in common use" mean anything?
What types of things disqualify a person from being able to register a firearm?
6. Must not suffer from a physical defect which would make it unsafe for you to possess and use a firearm safely and responsibly.
What the hell?! Who's making that determination? The D.C. police department? Some doctor who's a anti-gun member of the AMA? I could see them using this for blanket registration denials. Now that the 2A is an individual right anyone denied under this provision could presumably sue claiming discrimination under the American's for Disabilities Act. I saw a guy at the range today who was missing a thumb. I bet he'd be denied by D.C. Hell, they'd deny me claiming my cerebral palsy and it's effect on muscle control and coordination. Breda's "physical defect" would disqualify her even though she could outshoot most D.C. police.
From the sidebar,
"All together, 23,776 children under age 19 died from a gun related injury during these years, which is equal to 13 children a day. The Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance from Project Childsafe, provides a gunlock free of charge for each gun it registers in the District of Columbia. The locks are simple and easy to install. Gun owners are strongly encouraged to use these locks to reduce the likelihood of accidental injury or death."
So the cutoff for a "child" is now 19? Sounds like Brady statistics to me. They're requiring gun locks and "strongly encouraging their use." Just how far will D.C. go to "strongly encourage" the use of locks? Remember they're registering all guns and providing the locks. What's to stop them from periodically checking up on gun owners to ensure locks are being used and then revoking firearms licenses on those grounds? I predict the intimidation factor of the MPDC is going to be huge throughout this entire process.
Someone needs to knock Fenty off his high horse.