Some good news – sort of – on the Second Amendment front for denizens of the Imperial City: D.C. Council votes to allow concealed handguns. Excerpt:
A reluctant District of Columbia Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow people to carry concealed handguns in the nation’s capital for the first time in nearly 40 years.
The bill was crafted to comply with a court ruling that struck down the District’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home.
Residents and visitors who want to carry a concealed handgun would have to show a specific reason that they need one, among other requirements, and District leaders are hoping that the law would withstand further court challenges. But the attorney who challenged the ban on carrying guns has said the legislation is too restrictive and does not comply with the court ruling.
Will there be some more legal wrangling? Almost certainly – and certainly hopefully these restrictions (especially the idiotic ‘…would have to show a specific reason clause) will continue to ease. But what’s revealing in this story are the quotes from the Council members themselves (comments from yr. obdt. added for color.)
“I don’t believe in guns. I don’t believe in carrying guns,” said Council member Marion Barry, a Democrat and a former four-term mayor. “I think the public ought to understand that all of us here are doing something we really don’t want to do.”
You “don’t believe in guns,” you crack-smoking horse’s ass? I assure you, they exist. And yes, we know this is something you don’t want to do, largely because you make decisions on what you ‘feel’ and what you ‘believe,’ much of which has little basis in fact.
The bill requires the signature of Mayor Vincent Gray, who has said he plans to sign it.
“This bill ensures that we will be able to meet the requirements of the Constitution while maintaining the maximum amount of safeguards possible to protect our residents, visitors, workers and public-safety officers,” Gray said in a written statement.
The ‘maximum amount of safeguards’ would be to permit personal weapons by the law-abiding residents of the Imperial City. It is a matter of irrefutable fact that CCW permit holders are far less likely to be involved in a crime than the balance of the populace.
Facts are stubborn things. It’s telling – very telling indeed – that the Imperial City itself continues to ignore facts in order to continue to restrict the liberty of its residents.