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in d.c., 96 homicides were reportedly
committed with knives or weapons
other than guns and fists.
When Halbrook questioned d.c.'s
witnesses about the need for these laws,

NEVERTHELESS,
D.C. IS FORCING
RESIDENTS TO
SEEK PERMISSION
ABOVE AND
BEYOND A FEDERAL
BACKGROUND CHECK
FOR OWNING ANY
FIREARM-AND D.C.
RESIDENTS HAVE
TO DO THIS EVERY
THREE YEARS.
Despite his victory in
District of Columbia v. Heller,
Dick Heller has had to file
suit once again to prevent
the D.C. government from
infringing on his right to
keep and bear arms.
a firearm still has to take an mpd
Firearms Safety Training Course. They
can take the course online, but to do so
they'll need a computer with a "Flash
Player" plug-in, which is not supported
by iPhones and iPads.
So in reality, a low-income person
who can't take time off work, who
can't afford a computer or who can't
afford transportation with a gun to
and from police headquarters is simply
out of luck. Many liberal politicians
call state voter-id laws that require
people to obtain free ids from a state
motor-vehicle bureau "racist," yet few
seem to mind the massive costs and
other infringements placed in the way
of American citizens simply trying to
practice their right to keep and bear
arms in d.c.
As Halbrook points out, long guns
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are rarely used in crimes. He believes
that fact in itself clearly shows d.c.'s gun
control laws are only designed to impede
people from legally owning firearms.
And the facts back him up. According
to data provided by d.c. to the fbi in
2009, only two out of 144 murders in
d.c. that year were known to have been
committed with a long gun. In 2010,
out of 131 murders in d.c., not even one
was reported to have been committed
with a rifle or shotgun. In 2011, only
one murder in d.c. was reported to have
been committed with a long gun (a
shotgun), out of 108 total murders.
Given that less than 1 percent of
murders are being committed with long
guns, how can d.c. justify the onerous
need for fingerprinting residents every
three years? For context, realize that
for the same time period (2009-2011)

they weren't able to cite a single study
indicating that the District's firearm
registration scheme prevents illegal
possession of firearms. Actually, studies
show that registration laws haven't had
a measurable effect on either crime
rates or gun violence.
While being deposed, d.c. Police
Chief Cathy L. Lanier even conceded:
"It is not clear [to the District] how
firearms' registration records could
be used to 'prevent' a crime." She
also said she couldn't "recall any
specific instance where registration
records were used to determine
who committed a crime," except for
possession offenses.
Chief Lanier couldn't even provide
a single example of a registration
record being used to solve a crime
committed with a long gun.
Nevertheless, d.c. is forcing
residents to seek permission above
and beyond a federal background
check for owning any firearm-and
d.c. residents have to do this every
three years. According to d.c. law, "No
person or organization in the District
shall possess or control any firearm,



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