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D.C. Will Not Become Licensed Gun Dealer

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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.
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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.

D.C.'s only federally licensed gun dealer lost his lease earlier this spring, and since then it's been impossible for residents to buy a handgun and bring it home legally.

The city has been sued by District residents over this issue and council member Phil Mendelson was proposing to solve the problem by allowing the city to take over the role until a federally-licensed gun dealer opens up shop.

It now appears Mendelson will not introduce his bill because of lack of support from the council and the Mayor. At this morning’s council breakfast before the legislative session, several council members raised concerns about the perception of D.C. entering what they referred to as “the gun business.”

Mendelson countered that if D.C. doesn’t act, congress will.

“It will be open season on this government,” Mendelson told his colleagues.

Mayor Vincent Gray, in a letter circulated to council members, opposed Mendelson’s measure.  But behind the scenes, a source says officials in the administration are working to help the city’s only licensed gun dealer reopen up his shop.

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