We take you now to our nation’s capitol for the latest development in the ongoing saga of the roadblocks municipal officials have thrown up to prevent law abiding residents from legally owning handguns. In our last report, AI members learned that the city council had pulled a proposal to have the city enter the FFL business because of promises from the Mayor’s office to help find a location for a private FFL business. Now, with Alan Gura & Co. suing the city – again – over the de facto handgun ban, the city has proposed a solution…
If you’ll remember, Charles Sykes hasn’t been able to find a new location for his FFL business because the city had created zoning regulations that basically excluded all commercial space from firearms-related businesses. And since there are no gun retailers in the city, residents have been unable to legally transfer handguns purchased elsewhere into the city.
The city’s fix? Locate Sykes’ FFL business at MPD headquarters.
The city will permit Sykes to use space at the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, Mayor Vincent Gray said Wednesday. He’ll be allowed to set up shop in the tight security offices where guns are registered.
“It seemed to make sense to us to locate close to MPD’s firearms registration office at police headquarters on Indiana Avenue, where anyone purchasing a firearm must come anyway to register their guns,” Gray said.
Sykes hasn’t accepted the offer yet.
Only about 1,200 people have sought to keep guns in their homes legally since the Supreme Court ruling.
“I’m not sure what the demand should be,” Gray said. “For me, one is too many, but that’s my own personal view on this.”
Thanks for your thoughts, Mr. Mayor. Given all the roadblocks the city has actively put up in the way of legal gun ownership in the District, it’s impressive that “only” 1,200 have already made it through the process.