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Police Union Chief: City's Reaction Insufficient

Police union chief Kristopher Baumann said he was disappointed at the reaction to the Supreme Court ruling from Mayor Adrian Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who said they will craft gun registration rules and work with the D.C. Council to develop new laws governing the storage of guns in the home.

Baumann said the city should have done more, including announce new rules that establish "minimum mandatory sentences" for those who violate a host of other laws pertaining to guns, such as illegal dealing, transporting and manufacturing. Baumann said the union never believed the handgun ban was an effective way to fight gun violence because criminals still were able to get the weapons even if law-abiding citizens were not.

"They should have been making the laws that are effective, instead of spending all their resources and energy fighting for a statute that was never was effective," said Baumann, a frequent critic of Fenty's and Lanier's. "The fact is, they were caught flat-footed."

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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