CapitalGunOwners.org Update - 9/4/08

1. Bill 17-843, the "Firearms Control Amendment Act of 2008" hearing notice

2. "Bilking the City to Bear Arms" and "Dear Zoners" - two articles in
themail@dcwatch.com

3. "Gun Sales to Start Tuesday" by Mark Seagraves of WTOP radio

4. C.A.F.E Community of Firearms Educators will host the next First Shots for DC residents

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1. Bill 17-843, the "Firearms Control Amendment Act of 2008" hearing notice
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
11:00 a.m., 5th Floor Council Chamber
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004


Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairperson of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, announces a public hearing on Bill 17-843, the "Firearms Control Amendment Act of 2008".

To read the Bill, click here and insert the Bill #, 17-843:
http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/lims/GetLeg.asp?leg=checked

I am told by CM Menelson's committee clerk, Victor Bonett, that we can address any issues regarding gun control which we would like changed in the bill.

Sign up to testify by calling Victor at 724-4865 or e-mail at
VBonett@dccouncil.us

Please plan to attend and testify. It is extremely important to let the city council and the Mayor know how we feel about their laws which continue to violate the Heller decision. If we are not very direct about what we want as free Americans, they will side with those who prefer a Nanny State. Speak up and Speak Loudly!

If you are unable to attend and testify in person, please type up your testimony and send it to Victor asking that it be included in the official record.

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2. "Bilking the City to Bear Arms" and "Dear Zoners" - two articles in
themail@dcwatch.com
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To respond to the following two articles, write to
themail@dcwatch.com by Sunday the 7th. This newsletter comes out twice weekly and many politicos in DC are known to read it. Be sure to subscribe at DCwatch.com

Bilking the City to Bear Arms
Sylvia C. Brown, Ward 7,
sylviabrown1@verizon.net

I am astounded by the $3.5 million claim that libertarian Dick Heller's attorneys want to squeeze out of DC taxpayers. For all the talk about limited government and constitutional rights, libertarians are the same as any caricatured politician. It is my understanding the attorneys are already well-to-do and the billable hours were covered by the Cato Institute. This a case of the fat cats getting fatter and double-dipping. I also read that DC Attorney General Nickles is "planning to negotiate in good faith." What? Do not cower to these strong-arm tactics. City council and city leadership stand up! Three and a half million dollars could construct the missing link of Minnesota Avenue, NE, and repair innumerable alleys and sidewalks in my long-neglected Deanwood neighborhood.

[For an account of legal fees being requested by the plaintiff's lawyers, see
http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/the-bill-for-heller-35-million. - Gary Imhoff]

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Zoning Out

Dear Zoners:

On September 29, at 6:30 p.m., the Zoning Commission is going to hold a hearing on proposed zoning regulations that are so restrictive that they will make it nearly impossible to establish a gun shop in DC,
http://tinyurl.com/6kbgy8. The Zoning Commission has already adopted these regulations on an emergency basis; the hearing is only to accept comments on whether they should be adopted on a permanent basis. Basically, the proposed regulations forbid gun shops in industrial and mixed-use commercial-residential districts, and permit them only in commercially zoned C-3, C-4, and C-5 districts. However, no gun shop can open as a matter of right; each has to get a special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, and even in these districts no gun shop can be within six hundred feet of a Residential District or Special Purpose District, a church, school, library, or playground. All gun shops have to be on a building's ground floor, and, "Any proposal for a new or expanded firearm retail sales establishment shall be referred to the Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department for review and comment regarding security measures, and to the Director, Office of Planning for review and comment regarding neighborhood impacts." Sounds to me like the District wants to provide another good opportunity for expensive and protracted litigation.

Until a real gun shop actually open in the District, DC residents who want to purchase a gun will have to buy it online or at an out-of-state shop, and have it shipped to a licensed firearms dealer in the city. Mark Segraves of WTOP News, who has been reporting on his own experience with the process of buying and licensing a gun, reported today that Charles Sykes, the only dealer in the city who is willing to transfer handguns to individuals, has had his federal and city permits renewed after moving his office, and will be open for business next Tuesday. While gun shops in Maryland and Virginia charge as little as $25 for the transfer service, Segraves reports that Sykes, with no competition in DC, will be charging $125.

Gary Imhoff
themail@dcwatch.com

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3. "Gun Sales to Start Tuesday" by Mark Seagraves of WTOP radio
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Starting Tuesday, DC residents will be able to purchase handguns (revolvers only) and have them transferred in by Charles Sykes, the only FFL in DC who has agreed to handle the transaction...for $125.00! WOW!

We need someone else to be an FFL! Anyone interested in the job?

For the full story, click here:

http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=695&sid=1471352

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4. C.A.F.E Community of Firearms Educators will host the next First Shots for DC residents
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C.A.F.E is sponsoring two First Shots events - September 14th and October 13th.

First Shots is an opportunity for DC residents to receive a free pistol safety and use course free of charge. Pistols and ammo are provided at the range.

Meyer Station Nature Center - 1600 Meyer Station Road, Odenton, MD 21113

1-410-956-2236 or e-mail
gunsafetycafe@yahoo.com

For additional dates and locations of First Shots events, see:

http://www.firstshots.org/seminars.html

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