The city’s only federally licensed gun dealer lost his lease in May – since then, District residents have been unable to buy a hand gun and bring it home.
A handful of city residents have already filed a lawsuit against the city over the issue – and lawmakers are worried Congress could step in because of the 2008 Supreme Court decision overturning DC’s ban on handguns.
Council Member Phil Mendelson considered introducing a measure to let the city government complete gun transfers but pulled the bill because of concerns voiced by the mayor and many on the council that it would look bad and make the city liable for litigation.
Gray says his administration is working with the city’s lone gun dealer to help him open up his shop – which has been closed, in part, because of tough zoning restrictions.
“we are looking forward to settling this ourselves and I think a solution is eminent," says Gray.
The mayor didn’t give any more details but says the issue will be resolved in a week to ten days.