Firearms Expert Witness & Emergency Regulations

In two weeks, Washington, DC police expect to start accepting applications for hand gun permits. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty will announce new emergency regulations to comply with the Supreme Court ruling overturning DC’s ban on handguns by July 17. Emergency regulations and legislation last for three months before the council would have to act to make them permanent. That would allow for public hearings and firearms expert witnesses. D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson wants residents to be heard before the mayor makes any decisions. Mark Segraves writes:

As for restrictions, the mayor is considering ballistics fingerprinting for handguns, waiting periods, background checks, requiring training, annual re-registration and requiring trigger locks, as well as maintaining the District’s ban on semi-automatic handguns.