Here is something to think about.
ABC News declares that Washington D.C. has the strictest gun laws in the United States. It is a city where local politicians never meet a gun control law they didn’t like. Washington’s elite crow about their reams of gun control laws. Within the beltway, Joe Biden tells people to buy shotguns instead of AR-15s, and Sarah Brady issues fundraising bulletins demonizing the NRA, while all the well healed politicos brag about Sarah’s background checks. D.C. is the hell hole of gun control – a place where city politicians have enacted nearly every law and gun ban on Brady’s wish-list.
None of them protected twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard.
The least effective law of all is the one that turned the Navy Yard into a gun free zone. The Navy Sea Systems Command headquarters is a facility that is subject to federal law which prohibits carrying a firearm onto the premises (except by law enforcement or members of the military under certain circumstances). This includes the Navy Yard itself – U.S. Navy Regulation 1159 prohibits anyone from “have[ing] in his or her possession any dangerous weapon, instrument or device … within any base or other place under naval jurisdiction.”
But there’s more. Much more. When deranged killer Aaron Alexis entered the beltway, he committed a series of gun control violations (interestingly, his firearm was acquired legally after passing Sarah Brady’s background checks). Even though the Supreme Court struck down D.C.’s ban on the possession of handguns in the home in 2008, the District still has a litany of laws on the books that make it more difficult to obtain some firearms, impossible to obtain others, and illegal to carry any loaded gun in the city. Aside from regulating residents – who endure stiff fees, lengthy permission cycles and onerous firearm purchasing schemes – anyone bringing firearms or accessories into the city must obey this series of laws. Even television reporters have been taken to task (though hypocritically not prosecuted) for merely holding an empty – yet banned – magazine. Most recently, the police announced that tourist simply possessing ammunition or empty cartridges will be prosecuted. Is there one on your keychain, or necklace?
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