The Washington Post has an article today describing just how laborious and complicated it is to buy and register a handgun in the District of Columbia, even though handguns are now legal. For the assignment, reporter Christian Davenport went through the whole process, which consisted of:
"$833.69, a total of 15 hours 50 minutes, four trips to the Metropolitan Police Department, two background checks, a set of fingerprints, a five-hour class and a 20-question multiple-choice exam."
It also turns out there are no gun shops in D.C. One must travel outside the District, buy the gun, and then pay $125 to have it transported back inside D.C. by the one and only licensed firearm dealer in the city. Why, if I didn't know better, I'd think the city was trying to keep up a de facto ban on handguns by making people maneuver through a Kafka-esque maze of regulations and costs! On an aside, be sure to check out the always funny "reporter losing his gun virginity" section, wherein Davenport describes his first pull of the trigger as "a blood-pumping high" which makes him feel "like Zeus throwing lightning bolts."
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