Attempting to get a concealed carry permit in Washington D.C. is a joke. For proof, just watch Fox5 investigative reporter Emily Miller’s probe into the issuance process.
If you don’t have time to watch the video, here are four highlights:
Why you ‘need’ it?
In D.C., one is required to prove why the need a Constitutional right before one is allowed to exercise that right. Yes folks, if you’re wondering that’s ass-backwards. The purpose of the Constitution is to define the limitations of government and enshrine the rights of the people. But in our nation’s capital, the Second Amendment only means what it says when one has the approval of the District police chief Cathy Lanier.
Regular danger vs. special danger
Did you know there are different types of danger? Yeah, I didn’t either. In D.C. there’re two kinds of danger: regular danger and special danger. To get a permit one needs to show chief Lanier that they are in special danger. As Miller so eloquently points out, regular danger as in getting raped or murdered on the street by a serial rapists or armed assailant in a city that has a relatively high crime doesn’t really fit the bill. Special danger, as in being targeted or stalked by someone you know or can recognize, does count? So yeah, in that rare instance when you know you’re being targeted for a crime and you can prove it to District police, then they’ll sign off on the permit application. But for all other residents, well, you’re out of luck. You need to either work on your predictive powers like a precog in Minority Report, meet the criminals, rapists and murderers in your neighborhood so you recognize them when they follow you or case your home for a robbery or simply prepare to be a victim.
Where does one get a permit?
To obtain a permit, one needs to complete 18 hours of gun safety and training. Where does one go to do that? Well, to a D.C.-certified instructor of course. There’s only one problem, D.C. doesn’t have any certified instructors. Why doesn’t the District have any certified instructors? Well, it could be the $400 certification fee they slap on prospective candidates.
So, even if you are in “special danger,” you can’t get a permit because there’s no one certified to teach the course.
The British are Coming
This is probably the highlight of highlights in the video, but Miller has an exchange with Milton Agurs, a civilian police department employee who works at the front desk. He was the one who explained the permitting process to Miller.
After going over all the red tape and hoops one has to jump through to get licensed to carry a firearm outside the home, Miller asked Agurs, “The Second Amendment right to bear arms just doesn’t fully apply here?”
Agurs response was classic, “I believe when the Second Amendment was written, that was more or less for when the British were coming.”
Hilarious. Apparently, this man believes that the Second Amendment is outdated now that we’re no longer at war with England. Maybe that’s not even funny. Maybe that’s just pathetically sad.