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Owning Guns in the District

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Legally registered firearms in the home have no impact on gun violence on the streets, which represents the majority of gun violence in the District of Columbia.
Emily Friedman
Legally registered firearms in the home have no impact on gun violence on the streets, which represents the majority of gun violence in the District of Columbia.

It's been three years since the Supreme Court overturned Washington's historic ban on handguns. Before the Supreme Court decision, approximately 70,000 guns were registered in the city, mostly for law enforcement and security. But since the laws changed to allow individuals to keep a gun in their home, only 1,300 guns have been registered for that purpose. So here's the puzzle: Why isn't legal gun ownership more common in the District? Reporter Emily Friedman posed that question to a D.C. gun owner and advocates of gun control.

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