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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Don't Fall for Marion Barry's Scam

I was starting to worry that ex-mayor-for-life turned councilmember-for-life Marion Barry was dead, because he hasn't been in the news for a while. I wish he was mayor instead of Fenty, because I'm in the mood to buy a house and I can't afford DC. Only Marion Barry could devastate this city, drive its residents out, and bring down property values. I'll be the first one to join his campaign team if he ever puts down the crack pipe long enough to form a Mayoral exploratory committee. Anyway, he has a new scam that is masquerading as a pro-gun bill.
D.C. Council member Marion Barry yesterday introduced legislation that would suspend the District's 30-year ban on handguns, providing gun owners a 90-day period to register weapons they would then be allowed to legally own.

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Mr. Barry's bill, which only applies to pistols, would allow D.C. residents with no criminal record to register guns for 90 days from the law's enactment. After the 90-day period, current gun restrictions would be reinstated.

Barry spokesman Keith Perry said the bill is "an acknowledgment that people do have guns" in the District and would help police better track weapons used in the commission of crimes.

Don't be fooled. First, there are the outrageous penalties in his bill.
Mr. Barry's proposal would increase the penalties for possessing an unregistered weapon in the District from a maximum of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A second offense could result in 30 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, according to the bill.

That grandma that is too tired to go down to register her gun is going to get 15 years in prison, get it?

Secondly, almost every jurisdiction that has required people to register their guns has subsequently confiscated them. Marion Barry has spent his career opposing gun rights. No way is he suddenly a fan of handgun ownership.