The only place to buy a gun in D.C. is at Police Headquarters

July 20th, 2011

Of course that makes sense! From WTOP:

The Metropolitan Police Department has opened up its doors to a gun dealer whose business, cleared by the D.C. Zoning Commission, will lift the de facto ban on District residents purchasing handguns.

Charles Sykes, who possesses one of the city’s few licenses to register guns and previously had the only business to do so, can now set up shop in MPD’s headquarters at 300 Indiana Ave. in Northwest for $100 per month for one year.

The commission voted unanimously last week on an amendment allowing firearm retail businesses in D.C. to operate at law enforcement or licensing agencies in city government buildings. Buying firearms is still banned in the District, so residents must continue to purchase guns in other jurisdictions and pay dealers like Sykes to bring them in.

“In short, it’s really on Mr. Sykes, at this stage,” said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at a press conference Wednesday.

“We’ve made as much of an accommodation as we can. This will work, and we hope he will accept this as a solution to the problem immediately.”

Gura’s suit against DC and Virginia has been dismissed.