I looked quickly for an article written by a woman who lived in the Georgetown area of DC... and another written by a woman who used to live in the district, but couldn't find either one. I'll have to check my archives at home. Since I will be taking a break from the world, spending most of the week intentionally out of contact, I apologize if I don't get the information posted until after the new millennium!
If I forget, please just remind me and I'll do the search.
Fundamentally, both of those women found out the hard way what it's like to be disarmed and at the mercy of criminals... both went from being ambivalent or anti-gun to being staunch supporters of the RKBA.
I will also need to pull my compendium of federal and state gun laws off the shelf to confirm Md, DC, Va, but I think this is pretty accurate:
DC: As you know, private ownership of firearms is basically verboten unless you are part of the privileged elite and/or extremely well connected politically. Natually, that doesn't apply to criminals... since "criminals", by definition, don't obey laws.
Maryland: Not quite as bad as DC, but close. Longarms can be had, but again, only those that are part of the "privileged class" are allowed CCW. Handguns are tough to get with numerous restrictions.
Virginia: With the exception of the area that is right across the river from DC, gun ownership is usually not a problem. IIRC, they do have a "one gun per month" rule because it was claimed that trafficers were buying in VA and taking the firearms to NYC and other verboten places. Problem is that if that was true, it would have been a serious violation of at least a dozen federal laws and even more in NYC or VA! Yet, we haven't heard of anyone doing serious time in Club Fed for that... (IOW, it's B
ierra.) Regardless, common sense would dictate that a criminal doing that trafficing would save themselves the trouble of a trip to NYC and simply take them across the bridge to DC. Hmmmmm... Anyway, things are pretty good, generally, in VA. That "one gun a month" rule is tough... and it'd get expensive... but if I
lived there, I'd do my best
to buy one every month!
As you know, the "registering the hands" bit has
been proposed in the past...
Martial artists need to open their eyes and stay alert to what goes on in the legislature! Given the anti-self-defense climate, it's not about gun control, knife control OR
fist control... it's about control