Last month, the Washington, D.C., city council grudgingly agreed to revise a local ordinance to bring the city into compliance with a judge’s order mandating a path to concealed carry for residents.
Now, it appears that the city is doing all it can to make it prohibitively inconvenient and expensive for anyone thinking about actually taking advantage of the change.
The new ordinance isn’t exactly 2nd Amendment-friendly, requiring anyone who wants a permit to finish an 18-hour training course and ensuring that law enforcement has the final say in whether a person truly needs a concealed carry permit.
And city administration is dragging its feet to live up to its own end of fulfilling even those mandates, offering a passive resistance to the change that, according to the Washington Times, is “emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.” It’s charging $75 just to apply for a permit and requires firearms instructors who wish to provide the mandatory training to shell out a $435 fee.
From the Times:
The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.
One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.
… George Lyon, a firearms instructor and one of four gun owners involved in the court case that overturned the D.C. ban on carrying guns in public, said a $435 certification fee might discourage some trainers from applying.
“This is another example of them making the process as difficult and expensive as possible,” Mr. Lyon said.
He said he has not decided whether to pursue approval by D.C. Metropolitan Police as an instructor. “It’s definitively an inhibition. Maryland does it for nothing, and D.C. has to charge $435?”
But before a resident can even enroll in a training course — whenever the city gets around to certifying the instructors and taking their money — the police have to determine that he’s a legitimate candidate to hold a CC permit.
“The training class would not be required until Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier decides whether a legal gun owner has demonstrated a ‘good reason’ to carry a firearm,” reported the Times. “The regulations say the investigative process to qualify for permits could take 90 days or longer for gun owners to demonstrate that they are targets of specific threats.”