The District of Columbia fancies itself an arms dealer, apparently. Just like when the United States supplied arms to future enemies in the Middle East, the Washington, D.C. government would like to sell guns to city residents (and, I assume, use the money to combat gun violence some day). The only gun shop within D.C.’s borders has been temporarily closed since April, and apparently the ability to buy a gun righ this second deserves “emergency legislation.”
“In a twist for the District, which once banned the weapons before its rules were struck down by the Supreme Court, Councilman Phil Mendelson is sponsoring emergency legislation that would make D.C. a licensed firearms dealer. Under the legislation, gun owners who want to bring handguns into the District would have their guns shipped to government offices to get the stamp of approval to carry them within D.C. borders. D.C. needs the law, Mendelson said, because the only licensed firearms dealer in the District is temporarily closed for business as of April. That amounts to a de facto ban on handguns, since no one can now legally bring a gun into the District,” The Washington Examiner reports.
I am immediately struck by how quickly the government can move on things that serve its interest most. Guns are clearly a priority within the local government, so much so, that it is willing to become the catalyst for the commerce they generate. Much of the government is reluctant to get involved in selling affordable insurance to the poor, but selling guns is ok?
Imagine the tangled webs beginning to mat under the thought of guns being issued by the state. Regulation already sounds like a nightmare, and the timing of the issue couldn’t be worse, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in hot water because of a botched operation involving – you guessed it – the government’s handling of guns. Stop the madness, D.C., and let the local gun market regulate itself.