October 20, 2013
LAW ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: D.C. police help get firearms to National Cathedral for event to promote gun control.
The highly-restrictive firearms laws in Washington, D.C. are enforced differently depending on your status and political position on gun control.
Once again, the D.C. police are using their resources to provide illegal guns for a public relations stunt intended to pressure politicians to pass federal restrictions on the Second Amendment. Outside the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, blacksmiths will “forge firearms into garden tools as a symbolic enactment of this year’s theme, “Swords into Plowshares.”
The Children’s Defense Fund, which is cosponsoring the event, said in a press release that blacksmiths will be using “illegal guns confiscated by the police.”
The dramatic scene will follows a children’s church service in which the organization’s president Marian Wright Edelman will speak.
It is illegal in the District to possess a firearm that is not registered. When asked about the event, Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s spokesman said that, “These are not firearms. They are scrap parts only and they are inoperable.”
That’s actually legally irrelevant. According to the District firearms laws written after the Supreme Court’s Heller decision in 2008, even a non-functioning firearm must be registered and can result in criminal liability.
The chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police for D.C., Kris Baumann, disagrees with the department participating in this event.
Firearms scofflaw David Gregory was unavailable for comment.