CCRKBA CONDEMNS NEW DISTRICT ‘EMERGENCY’ GUN RULES

Friday, July 18th, 2008

BELLEVUE, WA – New rules instituted as part of an emergency ordinance by the District of Columbia City Council appear to “fly in the face” of the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling, and may also violate the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

A section of the new ordinance requires that “Each registrant shall keep any firearm in his or her possession unloaded and either disassembled or secured by a trigger lock, gun safe, or similar device.” The rule does not apply to police officers, guns kept in a place of business rather than the home, or “a firearm while it is being used to protect against a reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm to a person within the registrant’s home.” There are also exemptions for guns used outside of the home for “lawful recreational purposes” or guns being transported for “a lawful purpose.”

“This appears to be in direct contradiction to the Supreme Court’s majority ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller case,” said CCRKBA Legislative Director Joe Waldron. “The court struck down the city’s trigger lock requirement, and ruled that it is unconstitutional to require that firearms be rendered inoperable at all times in the home.”

Another alarming requirement, Waldron said, is the rule that people registering handguns “Not appear to suffer from a physical defect which would make it unsafe for him to possess and use a firearm safely and responsibly.”

“I am wondering,” Waldron observed, “if the persons who dreamed up these outrageous guidelines ever heard of the Americans With Disabilities Act. In their attempt to make owning handguns as difficult and discouraging as possible for residents of the District, the people responsible for this regulation have just insulted millions of disabled Americans, including disabled veterans, who are perfectly capable of owning and using firearms. These people are not subject to the discriminatory whims of some bureaucrat as to their abilities.

“The city just lost a landmark ruling before the Supreme Court,” Waldron stated, “and already they’re trying to poke that court in the eye. That isn’t only arrogant, it’s foolhardy. Apparently the city can’t wait to find itself back in court.”