WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Gray Has Message For New Retailers Looking At D.C.: No Guns

D.C. residents are allowed to have guns in their homes, but there's nowhere in the city to buy them.
Keith Lafaille: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klafaille/6218726857/
D.C. residents are allowed to have guns in their homes, but there's nowhere in the city to buy them.

Earlier this week, Mayor Vincent Gray returned from the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas, an annual soirée where cities and states pitch themselves to national retailers like Walmart and Chipotle, among many others.

"I think there were probably 70 to 80 meetings that were held with various and sundry retailers," he said on Wednesday. "The one thing that was very evident to me was the interest, the demand, the desire to be in the District of Columbia at this point."

But for all that interest, Gray has one message: No guns.

"We're not going to have people here selling guns, that's just not going to happen," said Gray, responding to a question about rumors that outdoors retailer Bass Pro Shop, which sells guns, is interested in D.C.

"No. That's spelled N-O," emphasized Gray on the issue of firearm sales within city limits.

Bass Pro Shop did not respond to multiple requests for comment on their interest in locations within D.C.

There are no gun stores in D.C., and national retailers that sell guns in other states — like Walmart — do not sell firearms in the city.

Even if Bass Pro Shop did want to sell guns, it would have to abide by strict zoning rules that require that any gun shops be at least 300 feet away from residential zones, churches, playgrounds, libraries, and schools. (Here's a map of the few areas in the city where gun stores were be allowed.)

The only means for hopeful gun owners to get their hands on a new firearm is Charles Sykes, a federally licensed firearms dealer. He doesn't sell guns, though, but rather serves as a conduit for dealers to transfer guns into the city. After going out of business in 2011, D.C. moved quickly to allow him to operate out of the Metropolitan Police Department's headquarters.

D.C. has some of the country's strictest gun laws, and last week a federal judge upheld rules limiting what types of guns residents can possess and prohibiting the carrying of guns outside of the home. That case has been appealed.

NPR

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
WAMU 88.5

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

NPR

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Leave a Comment

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