Thursday, June 26, 2008

Court Ruling Won't Let DC Residents Buy Guns In MD

Unfree State

While Second Amendment supporters are celebrating today's Supreme Court's decision finding DC's handgun control laws unconstitutional, it will still not allow law abiding citizens living in the nation's capital to buy a handgun in Maryland.

According to the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, despite the decision, transporting firearms across state lines still breaks federal law. So to obtain a firearm legally, a DC resident must first drive to Maryland, go through the required background check and waiting period -- then could only legally take possession of the firearm when it was shipped back to a federally licensed store in DC, which do not currently exist!

So, it will be sometime before the effects of the Supreme Court decision will enable DC citizens to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights to protect their life, liberty and property with a firearm.

This is outrageous and certainly a blow to self defense for DC residents. What do you think?

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A Life Well Lived said...

I think that's a shame for Maryland gun dealers and just about nobody else.

Maybe our established gun dealers can open another shop or two in DC soon and and have a whole new business opportunity.

In the meantime, the problem you describe is not as bad as it sounds since a federal gun sales permit is easy to get and I am sure there are some residents of DC who have one.

Must it require a store front for transfer?

Unfree State said...

According to the law blog, it needs to be store front. However, I do agree with you that such shops will be sprouting up all over DC.

It's just that some think the Supreme Court ruling will have an instant effect.

The point of the post, is that it won't.

G. A. Harrison said...

Unless the law has been changed in just the past few years the gun can be shipped to anyone holding a FFL (Federal Firearms License). It doesn't have to be a storefront.

A Life Well Lived said...

Good information.

What about Virginia?

CED said...

Maybe a Second Rights expert could clarify this issue. But it seems unlikely to be that DC will let people by handguns from any entity other than a store front the city vetted.