But here’s what I don’t get. If the politicians in D.C. have realized that the law doesn’t work, why do they want to only temporarily rescind the ban? If this is really an acknowledgment of the ban’s failure, it seems to me that it would be better to just repeal the ban entirely. I’ve heard a number of people, gun owners and non-gun owners alike, say that the proposal seems suspicious somehow. In some cases, it might be a concern that at some point after the ninety-day window closes, those who had registered would be targeted for confiscation. Others suggest Barry and others may be trying to evade a court case challenging D.C.’s ban on handguns.
Barry’s going to face a tough sell for his proposal. Most gun owners don’t trust the D.C. City Council to ever act in a manner supportive of legal gun ownership, and most gun control advocates don’t want to see any legislation that would rescind the ban, even temporarily. Clearly the current situation isn’t doing anything but keeping District residents defenseless, but Barry’s proposal doesn’t seem aimed at empowering the law abiding in Washington, D.C. either. In fact, it’s hard to tell what exactly Barry’s aiming for, and that alone is reason to tread carefully when it comes to this proposal.