In yet another example of gun laws that will only trip up the lawful, Washington, D.C. is requiring all gun owners in the District (link contains auto-play video) to re-register their firearms with the police within 90 days, starting January 1. Letters will start going out soon to anyone who registered a firearm in the District between 1976 and 2010. The re-registration will require a trip, in person, to the police station, and will be good for three years, at which point the registration will have to be renewed (but hey, at least that one can be done online or by mail). Anyone who fails to re-register can be cited for possession of an unregistered firearm, and…
could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 1 year in jail. Remember, folks, these would be people who already obeyed the law once by registering, but now would be made criminal by failing to do so again. Meanwhile, criminals and prohibited persons still cannot be legally required to register their guns. Dick Heller has apparently filed suit to challenge the new requirement. [h/t Pascal]
A three-year-old girl was injured in a shootout in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Two men fired “at least 10 bullets” at each other, one of which struck little L’eah Johnson in the buttocks and exited through her abdomen. SWAT was called in, and six people voluntarily surrendered themselves into custody after a brief standoff. As of late Tuesday, the toddler was in critical care at the hospital, though police do not believe her injuries are life-threatening. Unfortunately, she’ll still have to spend the rest of her life correcting the spelling of her name to everyone she meets.
The West [by God] Virginia Citizens Defense League filed an injunction request on Tuesday seeking to force the city of Charleston to do away with a waiting period and limit on handgun purchases and allow the carry of firearms on city property. Earlier this year, the WV Legislature approved a preemption law in the interests of uniformity, taking the regulation of guns away from individual cities. The Charleston city ordinances would lose effect under the preemption law, though under the law, Charleston could keep its firearms laws by opting out of the Home Rule Program, which allows cities the power to enact their own taxes and pass other local regulations. Charleston recently passed a half-cent sales tax that’s allowed under Home Rule, which Citizens Defense League lawyers argue means that the city intends to remain on Home Rule, and should therefore be forced to abandon their city gun ordinances.
Today’s Lockdown of the Day™ is brought to you from the Alexander School System in Albany, Ohio. The 90-minute lockdown was implemented on Friday following the discovery of a magazine from a 9mm handgun in a 10th-grade student’s locker. The magazine contained “three or four rounds” of ammunition. No weapon was found, and an interview of the student and his family indicated that the gun to which the magazine belonged had been sold years before.
Do you know what dish you’re taking to your holiday dinner yet? If not, mattv2099 would like to suggest some Austrian Fruit Salad. It tastes like freedom!
I’d leave out the kiwi.