Intrepid Washington, D.C. reporter and author Emily Miller yesterday scored “preliminary approval” for one of the very few concealed carry permits issued by the Metropolitan Police Department, but as she noted in her story last night, she’s still a couple of steps away from packing heat in the nation’s capital.
First, the WTTG chief investigative journalist explained, she must first complete an 18-hour course with a certified instructor, and that has to happen within 45 days. After that, Miller said, whether she carries a pistol in the city is her private business.
Miller was the 15th person to be granted a carry permit out of 76 applicants. Thirty-one of those applications were turned down, she reported, and another five cancelled their applications. This is the way gun prohibitionists would like the right to bear arms regulated in every corner of the country.
Since publication of her groundbreaking book “Emily Gets Her Gun…But Obama Wants to Take Yours” almost two years ago, Miller moved over from the Washington Times, where she was a senior editor, to WTTG. She has spoken twice at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference about her experiences with District of Columbia gun laws, and in her new broadcast role, the station has wisely let her continue pursuing the story about how those laws are being administered.
Like other applicants, Miller had to prove some special need for a carry permit. Here in “the other Washington,” no such nonsense is allowed under the state’s model “shall issue” concealed carry law. One doesn’t have to prove a need to exercise a civil right delineated in both the state and federal constitutions.
Evergreen State Second Amendment activists say that’s the way it should be, short of adopting what is generically called “constitutional carry.” That is carry, openly or concealed, without a license.
Adoption of such a change in the law would require legislative action, and right now, state lawmakers are in Olympia preparing to consider another gun control measure. Thursday morning at 8 o’clock, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1857, sponsored by Tacoma Democrat Rep. Laurie Jinkins.
The National Rifle Association is alerting its members to call their legislators, urging them to oppose the measure. The NRA alert, from the Institute for Legislative Action, asserts that “HB 1857 has a high potential for abuse.”
This bill would, says the NRA, allow family or household members (whatever that is), or a police officer, “to apply for an order that does one thing and one thing only: deprive someone else of his or her Second Amendment rights.” If the bill passes – and that’s an iffy proposition if or when it gets to the state Senate – it could allow someone with a grudge to file a complaint that might cause someone to have their firearms confiscated.
This legislation is modeled after a California law that was hastily passed in reaction to last year’s murder spree in Santa Barbara that left six people dead, three of whom were fatally stabbed. Killer Elliot Rodger legally purchased three handguns, passing three background checks and three waiting periods as required in California. He used California-legal 10-round magazines. He complied with all the kinds of laws that gun control extremists have insisted would prevent such crimes.
So, because of what he did, every law-abiding gun owner in California faces all kinds of petty scrutiny. This is the kind of thing Jinkins wants to bring to the Evergreen State.
The Legislative Hotline is at (800) 562-6000. Grassroots activists are already being alerted via Facebook by the Gun Rights Coalition, and plan to attend.
MEANWHILE, Examiner is aware of the arrest and release in Spokane today of activist Anthony Bosworth in front of the Thomas S. Foley federal courthouse. His confrontation with federal officers may be viewed here. National Gun Rights Examiner Dan offers his perspective. As updates become available, they will be reported.
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