WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council May Waive Waiting Period For Gun Owners

Play associated audio
The D.C. Council is considering making the District itself a licensed gun dealer, after the city's only licensed gun dealer temporarily closed up shop earlier this year.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/szuppo/
The D.C. Council is considering making the District itself a licensed gun dealer, after the city's only licensed gun dealer temporarily closed up shop earlier this year.

Last week, Charles Sykes, the city's only federally-licensed gun dealer, announced he was shutting down his shop while he looks for a new place to open his business.

That means despite the landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision overturning the city's historic ban on handguns, right now there is effectively no way for residents to legally bring a gun home.

Sykes didn't sell guns, but he was the only dealer licensed to register handguns purchased outside of the District. There are no gun stores in D.C. and federal law prohibits guns purchased in one state to be taken into another jurisdiction without a federally licensed dealer serving as the middleman.

Council member Phil Mendelson introduced a measure Tuesday that temporarily waives the 10-day waiting period for new gun owners in the District. It doesn't change the fact there is no licensed gun dealer at the moment, but it would reduce the delay for gun owners when Sykes or another dealer opens up shop.

"This doesn't solve the problem but this ameliorates the problem to some extent and sends a message that we are sensitive to the burden to potential gun owners," says Mendelson.

Mendelson says he expects the city to have a licensed gun dealer operating again within a month.

NPR

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
NPR

Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

WAMU 88.5

Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

NPR

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.