Fenty’s regulations

The Armed Canadian has a post thanking Mayor Fenty for the arrogance that led him to continue to challenge the lower court’s ruling, which lead to one of the greatest victories ever for the Pro-Gun movement.

He is absolutely right, and I think when you look at the restrictions that are being placed on gun ownership in D.C., the worse they make them, the more likely it is that they will be struck down in the future. Think about it: the court says that licensing is “OK” (not challenged by Heller, therefore not ruled on.) If Fenty et al. were to levy a $10 – $25 registration fee, you had to come in an pass a background check, etc. that would seem much more reasonable (still not right, but harder to challenge) than having to pass a test, etc., especially saying that an applicant “6. Must not suffer from a physical defect which would make it unsafe for you to possess and use a firearm safely and responsibly.” (“Oh, you need corrective lenses? DISQUALIFIED!”)

These sorts of restrictions are more likely to get to the court, and more likely to be authoritatively struck down. So, maybe in the long run, Fenty is doing us another favor by making as many problems as possible.


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