I’ve been reading a bit about the Heller decision and how things will change for the better in the District. At this point, residents who qualify should be able to purchase a pistol for home protection. Personally, I do not think that a pistol is the best choice for a home defense weapon, but it’s better than nothing.
What options do D.C. residents have now that that the city can not block them from participating in their God given right to protect themselves and their families? You would not be surprised to learn that there is no place in the District to purchase a firearm.
What a great business opportunity! If someone approached me looking for funding to build a recreational indoor range that offered a wide selection of firearms, accessories and training opportunities; I may just head to the bank and close out that savings account earning 2 percent.
If you want to purchase a pistol, you must buy that weapon or have it transferred to you by a Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL). Here in Connecticut you can walk into a local dealer who has an FFL and after providing your Connecticut Pistol Permit and a quick background check you can walk out with your purchase. (Don’t forget the ammo, a good holster and a few extra mags.)
If you purchase the pistol from an out-of-state dealer, you can not go through the same process as you would in your home state. Yes – get ready to cringe you gun-bashers – you can purchase a pistol over the Internet from a FFL. But, the FFL you purchase the pistol from can only ship your pistol to a local FFL in the state where you reside.
Once the local dealer takes possession, you go through a transfer process. Your local FFL will charge you between $20 and $50 (totally up to the dealer) to complete the paperwork, check your pistol permit and call in for your background check.
So, since there are no places to buy a firearm in D.C., residents can purchase online and have the pistol shipped to a local (Washington D.C. based) FFL.
A reader from another blog – Of Arms & the Law – did an FFL check to see if there were any Washington D.C. based dealers who could complete transfers. He found one.
Joshua Sugarmann can help you out. His FFL is valid through March of 2011 so you don’t need to rush; but he might not want to help you out.
Sugarmann is the executive director and founder of the Violence Policy Center; an “education center.” He also puts together Web sites like Ban Handguns Now where he promotes his book, Every Handgun is Aimed at You.
From the center’s Web site:
The Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, works to stop this annual toll of death and injury through research, advocacy, and education. The VPC approaches gun violence as a public health issue, advocating that firearms be subject to health and safety standards like those that apply to virtually all other consumer productst (sic).
Ironic huh? In short, I don’t think Josh is going to help D.C. residents with a transfer.
Note: A great read is Gun Facts, a free electronic book that takes an honest look at the statistics and crap that organizations including the Violence Policy Center and the Brady Center put out.
The obvious question is why the BATF would provide Sugarmann with an FFL, but the obvious move would be to step into the District and start building that gun store!