Gun Ban Roundtable
Mendelson Upset About AG's Absence:
Before D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson began today's public roundtable on the Supreme Court's decision that strikes down the city's longtime handgun ban, he vented.
"I'm mystified," he said.
Interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, nor anyone from his office, is appearing at today's hearing. Mendelson said he sent e-mails to the administration asking that someone appear and finally got a response in the form of a letter dated Monday.
Nickles, as previously reported, wants the council to delay any action until the administration can weigh in. The letter is more specific in saying that police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have draft regulations and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will have draft legislation ready for the council's July 15 legislative session.
"I believe delaying your action until then will allow the Executive and Legislative Branches to effectively work together on achieving the best result for the District's citizens," Nickles wrote.
Mendelson said the administration has also informed him that testifying at today's public roundtable could make the city vulnerable to lawsuits. To which Mendelson said, huh?
"Of course, we are going to get sued," he said, referring to statements by opponents of the city's handgun ban that the city is still open to more litigation because of a ban on semi-automatic guns and other regulations in the law.
To make matters worse, Mendelson said, Lanier is no longer testifying. Instead, assistant Chief Peter Newsham will serve as a witness.
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