Washington D.C. has gone to great lengths to inhibit the 2nd Amendment rights of anyone who dares step foot in the Nation’s capital city. And a new investigative book by The Washington Time’s Emily Miller reveals that Washington, D.C. gun laws are rife with absurdity that is nearly unfathomable.
Miller chronicles the process of jumping through endless bureaucratic hoops to become a legal gun owner in Washington in her new book “Emily Gets Her Gun… But Obama Wants To Take Yours.”
Amazon summarizes the work thusly: “Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative—sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity—gives the reader a real life understanding of how gun-control laws only make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding people to get guns, while violent crime continues to rise.
“Using facts and newly uncovered research, Miller exposes the schemes politicians
on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and around the country are using to deny people their Second Amendment rights. She exposes the myths that gun grabbers and liberal media use to get new laws passed that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.”
Among other absurd gun-control laws in Washington, Miller points a particularly unreasonable facet of the city’s anti-gun legislation: Lawmakers in the city have instructed police officers to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings.
The offense, according to Miller’s research, carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record.
“Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate,” she writes in the book.
The author chronicles several instances in which tourists and visitors to D.C. have been accosted by police for having empty shell casings on their person or in vehicles.
One story involves Army Specialist Adam Meckler who was arrested after traveling to D.C. from Virginia for a meeting at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2011. He forgot to remove a handful of bullets from his backpacks and ran into trouble with authorities.
“People looked at me like I was a terrorist,” Meckler told Miller.
Because of the incident, Meckler was prosecuted and almost lost his job because of a new criminal record and his placement on the D.C. gun offenders list.
“I felt like I was registering as a sex offender,” he told Miller.
Miller artfully sums up the stupidity of banning such banal objects as empty shell casings in her work, writing: “A brass candlestick can do more harm than an empty brass casing. I often have empty casings in my bags and clothes from when they fly off at the range, or as souvenirs.”