Starting Jan. 1, D.C. gun owners who purchased a firearm between 1976 and 2010 will have 90 days to re-register their firearm with district police.
Failure to re-register one’s firearm may result in fines ranging from $13 to $1,000 and jail time of up to one year, according to Gwen Crump a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department.
“A person who fails to renew their firearms registration within 90 days of the deadline (meaning, 90 day renewal period + 90 day grace period = 180 days total) will have their firearm registration canceled, will be in possession of an unregistered firearm, and may face criminal charges punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or 1 year in jail, or both,” Crump wrote in an email.
Naturally, the gun-rights fanatics are up in arms about this, led by their favorite daughter Emily Miller. But it's really all bluff. They feel constrained to object to any and all gun control laws always pretending they're much worse than they really are.
The fact is these requirement in DC don't go nearly far enough. I would have the re-registration done yearly, there would be no on-line option after the first time and the gun would have to be presented every time as proof of continued ownership.
That's the way to put an end to straw purchasing and improper sales of guns.
The other question that arises out of all this is, when will the confiscations begin? That's what they always say is the reason to resist registration, right? It's all a pretext for the eventual door-to-door confiscations that, as day follows night, will absolutely come.