Handguns in the District

Friday, March 27, 2009

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's statement that the District "met the requirements of the Supreme Court decision" in District of Columbia v. Heller [letters, March 25] was only half right. While it is true that shortly after Heller the council repealed most prohibitions on registering guns, it reversed itself in December and banned the registration of many models of guns common in America, including guns like the one that the court ordered the District to register for Mr. Heller.

As a result, D.C. police are denying residents the right to register guns that are lawful to possess in every state, often on the basis of silly criteria such as a gun's color ["Handgun's Color Leads to Lawsuit," Metro, March 10]. And that's why Congress must preempt the District on gun control.

MIKE STOLLENWERK

Alexandria

The writer is co-founder of OpenCarry.org.

--

I generally find comments by representatives of the National Rifle Association so silly that they don't warrant any reaction. I have to make an exception for the March 25 letter from Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.

Mr. Cox took the usual NRA rhetoric to a new level with his suggestion that the "right" to own a gun is more important than the right to vote. Our founding fathers and all of those who worked so hard over the years to ensure the promise of freedom and equality for all citizens would find Mr. Cox's claim to be contrary to everything this country stands for.

Whatever your views on the Second Amendment, only fanatics would contend that it is more important than the basic political freedoms that are the foundation of our constitutional system.

LASLO BOYD

Columbia


© 2009 The Washington Post Company