Washington Times Journalist Emily Miller: D.C. Cops Arresting Visitors To City For Empty Shell Casings


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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.


A document obtained by Miller that explains who should be arrested for empty shell casings and who shouldn’t.

“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.”

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • independent thinker

    More stupidity from stupidity central.

  • Harold Olsen

    This is ridicules. What’s next? Arrest someone who wears a tie clip that is a replica of a rifle? Obviously, there is no intelligent life in Washington, DC. Everyone is brain dead, beginning with the current occupant of the White House.

    • J. Brown

      My son gave me a spent shell casing that was made into a pen, So thankful that I made my transit of D.C without a traffic stop, other wise my military service would be tarnished by my arrest as a terrorist. Probably lose my VA benefits too!

    • Terry D. Waters

      You’re ok with the rifle replica tie clip as long as any tiny little replica ammo is stored separate and secure in another compartment of the vehicle.

    • Robert Messmer

      Do we not already read of kids being suspended from school for nibbling a poptart into the shape of a gun? (Which should get him an A in Art.) Or that just making a pistol shape with their hand gets them disciplined?

  • Jimmy the Greek

    So well they lock up a vets wife for having the spent shells given to her by the honer gurd , if the husban is buryed in DC ,

    • Terry D. Waters

      If they can, some will. That’s the problem with giving a cop discretion.
      I can’t think of any reason to give a cop the ability to arrest a person for improper transport of a spent shell casing (or even to regulate it in any way) but some idiot apparently thought it was a good idea.
      The problem is we have millions of elected officials passing laws in this country, often without even reading them, and too few judges to strike the bad laws down.

  • FreedomFighter

    INFRINGED — DC is becoming a lunatic asylum–they have missile launchers all over the region and are banning spent brass– insane. I can see no law enforcement need for such a ban — it can only serve to further degrade the 2nd amendment freedoms.
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • rivahmitch

      What do you mean “becoming”? It’s been one for years. Anyone dumb enough to live there deserves the worst. Anyone considering visiting should reconsider.

      • dan

        that’s what they want… they could dig a moat but we keep
        reminding them that it’s not their Capitol , it’s OURS ….
        and they work for US .

        • rivahmitch

          That’s the way it used to be and should be. You’re, of course, speaking of the federal area. The gun idiocy described is a function of the local government which,
          without their exorbitant taxes and tourist dollars would soon have daily
          riots as their parasites begin to feed off each other.

          As far as the federal area goes, however, I’m perfectly willing to let them and their local tribes have the District and suggest that the citizens of the country dig a moat to keep them in. Then, we can slowly starve them to death;-) KTNN! Semper Fi!

          • dan

            i’m thinkin’ that would work in a few places : NY,
            Chicago , LA , …. but the moat thing hasn’t been working out with Mexico. We’d better get some gators.

          • Bill

            Good comment, Dan

  • dan

    …they’d better remove all of the trash cans…they LOOK like shell casings !
    They’d better get rid of the obelysks ,too…they look like missiles…
    and I’m pretty sure that statue has a sword…

  • Karolyn

    This is stupid. I do take issue with Rolley’s assertion that violet crime is rising. Violent crime has been going down and is at an all-time low.

    I hate when writers use false information to further their cause, and people follow right along without research, spreading falsehoods to stir the pot.

    • CJ

      And I take issue with people who seek to confuse the message and detract the issue with unrelated facts. Mr. Rolley’s piece here is about D.C.. The story you reference says ‘in general’. They are not talking about the same location! So, now what’s stupid, ms. Pot and who’s doing the stiring?

    • Stuart Shepherd

      I agree. Ms Miller seems to have a very narcissistic view of the gun realities in dC (like the rising crime comment- it was rising for HER, but not in general). Nevertheless, I’m sure her story is true and that they DO make you jump through hoops. I live in DC, though, and thanks to the aTF-approved kennessaw company sub-caliber insert alteration devices I am VERY happily 2nd ammended (legally!) without any of the problems Ms. Miller went through. Necessity is the mother of invention.

      • Robert Messmer

        Does DC class expended rounds as ammo that has to be locked up away from the driver?

    • Robert Messmer

      Actually that assertion is part of Amazon’s blur about Ms. Miller’s book, not an assertion of Rolley’s.


    and to think these azz holes are in charge and we put most of them there!!corruption is everywhere in this gov’t and yet we sit on our hands(except to clap whenever that idiot obama opens his lying mouth)and do nothing!nixon was impeached on far,far less than one or two of the things this tyrant has done to the people of the US!and yet,nothing!stupidity breeds stupidity!and tyrants make up falsehoods against the people and the tyrants support those falsehoods!that pure evil!and yet nothing!tyrants lie to your face and are involved in murders of the people!yet nothing!tyrants surround themselves with like minded people and bunker themselves into their castles(D.C.)using military might for security!yet nothing!open your eyes people,this is the stupidity you get from tyrants and their evil henchmen!police are now so corrupt that we can’t afford the bribes and kickbacks anymore,that in itself should show you how overpaid these corrupt cops are!85,000 to 120,000 dollars a year to harrass law abiding citizens!yet nothing!

  • Bill

    That makes sense that the stupid people that run Washington would do stupid things

  • Jake Thomas

    Guess it’s time to get out the dictionary and change the definition of the word “Infringe.”

  • rr4444

    The Council of Washington DC is the legislative branch of city government, appointing all committees and passing legislation. These are the fools that are responsible for the stupid city laws. Not Congress.

    • Vash the Stampede

      Maybe they should add death by politician to the FBI crime stats.

  • Terry D. Waters

    As long as you have ‘officer discretion’ you’re never going to have equal justice for all. It’s the root of the problem of abuse of power by law enforcement.