Washington DC is scrambling to put in place the most draconian handgun laws they think they can get away with post-Heller, in other words, to find out just how much infringement of that which shall not be infringed will be permitted. They seem to think that the level of "permissible infringement" will be sufficiently high to very nearly nullify the palladium of liberties, and based on what we've seen from the Supreme Court, I would not wager that they're far wrong.
The new DC law would:
--As has been mentioned before, ban semi-automatic pistols--they might have trouble upholding this one, since the majority decision refers to the "common use" test as a criterion for judging gun laws;Getting back to the title of this blog post, though, I think they've forgotten something--requiring handgun owners to at all times wear on their clothing a yellow badge in the shape of a revolver (if I had a single iota of Photoshop skills, I'd put something up here--but I don't).
--Allow the registration of only one handgun per person;
--Require that guns be unloaded and locked up--this is another provision that might have some trouble holding up, as it seems to fly directly in the face of what small protection of gun rights is provided by Heller;
--Require fingerprints, photographs, written test, and vision test;
--Require that firearm undergo ballistic identification testing--which could take "weeks or months"--I wonder if they'll find that as useful as Maryland has in terms of fighting crime;
--Prohibit taking the gun outside--even as far as the porch;
And I'm undoubtedly missing some
I bet the Washington Post editorial board would think it's a splendid idea.