D.C. Bill Would License City to Sell Guns

July 8, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — D.C. government may soon be a licensed handgun dealer — apparently the first state or municipality in the nation to do so.  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.

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