NPR, July 2010:
Some D.C. Residents Say It's Too Hard To Get A Gun
The toughest thing about getting a gun in the district is finding a gun store. There are none. You have to drive to a neighboring state like Maryland to buy a weapon.
In the showroom, salesman Jack Donald can sell you a gun. But if you have a D.C. driver's license, you'll have to transfer the weapon to someone with a federal firearms license in D.C.
"He takes possession of the gun from us," Donald says. "He charges a transfer fee — I believe it's $125."
Then the federal licensee gives your gun back to you. But you're still not ready to go, Donald notes.
"You have to be fingerprinted, you have to submit photographs, you have to take a class that's supposed to consist of four hours of classroom and an hour of range time with ... a District of Columbia approved instructor," he explains.
That can bring the cost of registering to more than $500. That's a lot of work and expense...
The Washington Times, today:
Violent crime in D.C. surges in 2012
Violent crime so far this year in the District has spiked sharply — a 40 percent increase that includes twice as many robberies at gunpoint than at this time last year...
And yet you will hear the Left cry out that if only gun control was wound tighter, these crimes would never have happened in the first place...
Which makes me wonder: How many of the weapons used in these robberies were picked up at places like Jack's shop in Maryland? And how many of the criminals that have been captured went through the DC's vigourous screening process?
Assuming the District police have been competent enough to catch a few bad guys, they should have the stats on this.
The fact that they're not saying means only one thing: Time to get your ass up to "Maryland Small Arms" to see Jack Donald, unless you want to be next on the DC's stat sheet...