30,000 DC Guns To Be Registered, Owners Fingerprinted In 2014

DC police start the process, enacting a 2009 law.

Police request reregistration of guns purchased or last registered before 2011. (MPD photo)
Police request reregistration of guns purchased or last registered before 2011. (MPD photo)
The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department announced the start of a renewal process, requiring fingerprints and a fee, for about 30,000 guns registered from 1976 to 2011. 

This is the first wave of fingerprinting since D.C. enacted a law in 2009 requiring all gun owners to register their firearms every three years.

The 2009 law came after the supreme court decided that a D.C. law making handguns illegal was unconstitutional. 

If you have a gun that's up for renewal, MPD will send a notice in the mail, allowing a three-month window to register the firearm at MPD headquarters. 
There is a 90-day grace period, starting in April, with a penalty of $1,000, jail-time for less than one year, or both, MPD said. 

In a Washington Times column, Emily Miller protested the fingerprinting requirement on the basis that it is a process usually reserved for criminals, adding that criminals won't willingly line up to register their firearms. 

Police attempts to schedule reregistration for 30,000 guns in three months also worried Miller. 

"The whole convoluted mess will not do a single thing to make the city safer," Miller said.

Average Joe January 03, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Oh how history repeats itself. DC enacted gun registration once before. After the city was registered the government went door to door to collect the guns because they knew where all the LEGAL guns were. The criminals had a field day because they now knew the city was unarmed. Those that are old enough to have their protection taken away once already may be the ones that are reluctant or refuse to register their guns again. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice.......
Weary Traveler January 03, 2014 at 09:34 AM
I agree. The first step in confiscation is knowing where they are. And this ensures that names, addresses and serial numbers are known. It also helps push the anti gun agenda. Make it painful to own a firearm and less people will jump through the legal hoops to own them. Just think of the reaction if DC wanted to require the same type of registration to vote. Both are rights...
Average Joe January 03, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Weary Traveler, Good thought. Registration to vote, proof of legally being in country, or any of the other good causes that this energy is being used on.


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