Re: [MPD-5D] Supreme Court Update
You can buy a gun on the street for $50 bucks. It is not a good gun, but it shoots. Why would a criminal break in the house for a gun, when the home owner might use the gun on the criminal. No, I don't think people will break in homes purely for a gun. There would be far more valuable items to grab instead.
--- On Fri, 6/27/08, DCReardon@... <DCReardon@...> wrote:
From: DCReardon@... <DCReardon@...>
Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] Supreme Court Update
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008, 8:59 AM
The criminals are all elated about this decision because now it will be so much easier for them to get guns, too. All they have to do it break into a house in DC and they can get a gun, easy!! No more waiting for the gun man, just pick one up at any home.
From: Peter Pawlowski <pawlowski@hotmail. com>
To: mpd-5d@yahoogroups. com
Sent: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:30 pm
Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Supreme Court UpdateCathy,Unlike your department the highest court in the land has decided to ensure the rights of the people. The DC police has decided to erect road blocks as an ineffective and illegal method to show the appearance that it stops crime. After DC banned hand guns murders went up and DC police have since tried to illegally infringe upon our rights a law abiding citizen, we will now be able to defend themselves from criminals. It is time DC had a police chief that believes in the rights of citizens and can deal with crime, that is not you.Peter
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From: cathy.lanier@ dc.gov
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:35:49 -0400
Subject: [MPD-5D] Supreme Court UpdateResidents,Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today struck down part of the District of Columbia’s handgun ban. I wanted to drop you a note to let you know the immediate impact of this decision.The Supreme Court’s ruling is limited and leaves intact various other laws that apply to private residents who would purchase handguns or other firearms for home possession. It is important that everyone know that:
- First, all firearms must be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Firearms Registration Section before they may be lawfully possessed.
- Second, automatic and semiautomatic handguns generally remain illegal and may not be registered.
Lastly, although the Court struck the safe storage provision on the ground that it was too broadly written, in my opinion firearms in the home should be kept either unloaded and disassembled or locked.I will comply with the Court’s reading of the Second Amendment in its letter and spirit. At the same time, I will continue to vigorously enforce the District’s other gun-related laws. I will also continue to find additional ways to protect the District’s residents against the scourge of gun violence.Residents who want additional information can visit the Metropolitan Police Website at www.mpdc.dc. gov/gunregistrat ion. Residents with questions are encouraged to contact the Firearms Registration Section at 202-727-9490.Sincerely,Cathy LanierChief of Police
- Third, the Supreme Court’s ruling is limited to handguns in the home and does not entitle anyone to carry firearms outside his or her own home.