The law banning guns in D.C. has been in effect since 1976. It is the strictest restriction of our Second Amendment right in our country today. Struck down by a federal appeals court recently, D.C. is asking the Supreme Court to get involved.
More importantly the information supplied in the PD article show some very disturbing facts. Digesting these facts, one can only come to the conclusion that the anti-gun nuts argument of strict gun laws reduce crime as untruthful.....
Washington's gun law, passed in 1976, is one of the nation's toughest firearms regulations. In addition to barring private handgun ownership, it requires D.C. residents to keep shotguns and rifles unloaded and disassembled or fitted with trigger locks.The strictest gun laws in the nation and theyhave an increase of ILLEGAL guns by 13%! Ranks among the highest in the nation in murder! This law has been on the books for 30 plus years and they are still near the top for murders!
Critics say the law has done little to curb violence, mainly because guns obtained legally from outside D.C. or through illegal means are still readily available.
Although the city's homicide rate has declined dramatically since its peak in the early 1990s, it still ranks among the nation's highest, with 169 killings in 2006.
Last year, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department seized 2,656 guns, up 13 percent from 2005. Many of the guns flowed in from surrounding states such as Maryland and Virginia. More...
How can this be? I thought outlawing guns reduces crime.
Makes you wonder how many innocent lives could have been saved had the citizens of D.C. been able to legally arm and protect themselves for the thugs carrying ILLEGAL guns.