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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.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 2, 2008; 12:36 PM ET
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I think if the District were really sincere about their gun polices that the citizens would have been more receptive to the former gun ban. Don't get me wrong, I support firearm ownership, rifle, shot-gun, or other. Prior to moving to the District I lived in Md and enjoyed firearm ownership for sport, appreciation of the right to bear arms, and for self defense, though I can't say I ever really considered it for self defense.

Getting to the point:
Tell me Chief Lanier, how do you think it appears for MPD to police an unarmed citizen population with a semi-auto pistol on their hip? I think the district should be like Great Britain. No guns mean no guns for anybody. As a fail safe we have federal, park police, FBI, DEA, ATF, and others who are armed are located in the District which could be activated if the situation called for it.

Again, If the District were sincere they would tailor themselves to conform to the new proposed gun laws, limiting themselves to revolver style pistols as well, and un-loaded, and trigger locked. But we all know that the district is more about 'do as we say not as we do' on this issue.

Posted by: -Ant | July 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

King Arther does not like the fact that DC is using his copywrited "Roundtable." It is causing harm and confusion in his realm and he has decreed a cease and desist order effective immediately.

In fact, the good king stated that he would puke on the Counsel's Roundtable if he could because it is subversive to the laws of the land.

Posted by: John the Scron of Yorkshire | July 3, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I expect the council, the Legislative, to draft law, I expect the Executive to enforce them. Adrian Fenty's proxy, Fidel Nickles, fancies himself as an elected official, when he, in fact couldn't win a student council election with only one candidate.

I expect the council to do exactly what they are doing, crafting legislation with the input of the public.

It is poor taste for the Mayor, the Chief of Police, and the Attorney General to shun the Legislative on such a critical issue. They should applaud the Council for moving swiftly to get this regulation moving and cooperatively participate in the crafting of reasonable regulation.

We must be ever vigilant with this administration and their "Kingdom" syndrome. The people know the role of the Council and the role of the Mayor. CO-EQUAL. Peter Nickles needs a refresher lesson in Balance of Power.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | July 7, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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