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Emily Miller has done it again! You guys remember last week's post about an article Emily Miller wrote on the correlation between gun ownership and violent crimes. Well this week, she is reporting that DC may actually acknowledge my right to carry as a non-resident of DC. Emily is reporting that D.C. is seriously considering a change to its laws to decriminalize possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition for NON-RESIDENTS of D.C. In case you didn't know, if I as a registered gun owner in Virginia am pulled over in DC with my firearm on me then I will be charged criminally. This has been an issue for me when I want to go to the range in Virginia and have to first take my daughter to my moms in DC. For this reason my and the hubby rarely go to the range together. Sound a bit ludicrous to you? Just ask Army vet First Lt. Augustine Kim who arrested while lawfully transporting his firearms from New Jersey to his home in South Carolina. During a traffic stop Kim had $10,000 worth of property seized (and subsequently damaged when officers engraved marks on the sides of the firearms). The vet only passed through to DC to stop at Walter Reed for medical attention. No, this is not a joke. Still not convinced? Check out former Army Specialist Adam Meckler's story.. The medic had been out of the military for just two weeks when he was arrested at the VFW in Washington in September because building security found 14 long-forgotten 9mm rounds in his backpack. He didn’t even have a gun with him.
D.C. city council Chairman Phil Mendelson will introduce a bill this week to decriminalize possession of unregistered firearms and ammunition for nonresidents. His legislation will allow those arrested in the District on firearms charges to choose administrative disposition of the charge, which means paying a fine and not getting a criminal record.
Sorry DC residents but you guys will still be charged with the misdemeanor crime, which carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. It’s unclear if visitors who have already pled guilty in the District will have the opportunity to expunge their record if this law is enacted.
While this possible change makes me happy because at least some progress is being made. I will be estatic when the city I love so dearly and called home for almost 25 years realizes the ACTUAL criminals aren't bothering to register their firearms and these asinine laws aren't stopping them from carrying and killing. They are only serving to prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves from the ACTUAL criminals.