Skip to comments.Warning: D.C. cops under orders to arrest tourists with empty bullet casings
Posted on 09/05/2013 10:04:15 AM PDT by Errant
Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city's confusing gun laws.
"Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours."
Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must be carried in a special container and unavailable to drivers. Having one, for example, in a cup holder or ash tray is illegal.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
My .44 mag key chain is a jailable offense?
Only in the nation's capitol.
OK, I shoot a muzzle loader.
Therefore my empty cartridge case is ... a loaded cartridge minus the powder and bullet, which = thin air!
So an empty cup holder in my car is an empty cartridge case for my muzzle loader.
I am in BIG trouble.
Welcome to the former United States.
Hello Officer, my name is David Gregory.
Give one to David Gregory.
Then drop a dime to the fuzz.
I have one of those too.
Caught dead to rights and yet still walking free.
Is this from The Onion or have lawmakers gone berserk?
Mine’s a hollowpoint.
It would be fun to walk the streets of DC and just drop spent bullet casings on the street - just to watch these losers freak out.
Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
Ridiculous - arousing or deserving ridicule : extremely silly or unreasonable : absurd, preposterous. See also Washington D.C.
I hardly ever dress up that formally. ;)
Casings are common and free or cheap in Arizona...
Somehow, I doubt that D.C. officials will be convicted if someone rats them out for having a few casings in their car, porch or yard.
One wonders about clocks, belts, buckles and ornaments that are made with brass cases.
There has been a case pending in D.C. suing for the ability to carry a gun outside the home. The first judge refused to issue a ruling for two years. Then it was given to another judge. That judge has not yet ruled. It has been another two years.
Yes, especially around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ridiculous or not DC's blue gestapo will arrest you for it.
My 6 year old wanted to take a spent .45 bullet (not cartridge) that we found after a family session of shooting at the farm. It was in perfect shape with the barrel striations and all. It’s pretty cool. I’ve shown it to friends too.
BUT, I said absolutely not. I could only imagine how that might go over.
onedoug: “Welcome to the former United States.”
Land of the free. Home of the brave.
Thanks! I know there’s a live .308 round in my truck’s cup holder.
In the 90s this happened to one of my friends, pulled over for a redlight in DC, he had a spent .22 in his cup holder, used it to cut cigars, they arrested him and impounded his car. poor guy had to go to two court cases, one to get his car back, one for the charge. paid a huge fine and impound fees. This is not a new law.
I find spent casings in the bed of my pickup routinely. It would be fun to dump a bucket of .22 shell casings in the bed of a truck and just drive around DC letting them fall out all over town. DC LEO would be inundated with investigations.
Bingo.....precedence is set.
My son carries a shell casing from the 21 gun salute my Dad got at his National Cemetery funeral.
Trying to take it away from him would be a BAD idea.
This will be challenged in court.
Makes sense. They consider an empty suit the President.
Lets outfit the Secret Service with spent casings if they are no different from the ones with powder in ‘em.
If you ever go to D.C. leave your chalk holder at home.
The old FBI building used to have quite a gun range in the basement. Their janitors must have some kind of exemption.
Cool! All my hollowpoints are not keychains.
No doubt. Yet another reason why DC is not on my travel list.
I just saw this:
The city council in Washington, DC is considering a bill, cosponsored by a majority of the council, that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana up to an ounce, making it a civil offense resulting in a fine, according to the local NBC affiliate. The primary sponsor of the bill, Tommy Wells, says the bill is a matter of social justice, and that hes not concerned with the legal status of marijuana insomuch as hes concerned about the 6,000 people, predominantly African-American, that are arrested for using small amounts of marijuana.
The Hoover Building still does (at least as of 3 years ago), just not open to the public for tours anymore.
Note: small o.
I went to a friend’s father’s funeral at Arlington in 2002. He presented me with a spent blank shell casing from the honor guard. I still have it.
So.....if I had driven across the Memorial Bridge and got stopped, I would have been arrested?
D.C. is its own banana republic.
Someone who gets arrested just needs to file another lawsuit against DC, and let them get smacked down by the Supreme Court, AGAIN. These laws are unconstitutional, how many times do they need to have that explained to them?
The precedent for this is when we let jurisdictions all over say that an empty beer can in a vehicle is the same as a full beer can. Once you let the legislatures rewrite reality using the law, there is no telling where it will end.
The problem is that there is no downside to the tyrants. The blue goons will not face any repercussions. The Politicans will face no repercussions. The only downside is to the poor sucker who gets arrested. That is the whole problem with gun control. There is no downside to the anti-gunners. They are no consequences to them if they lose. If they would actually have something at risk in their anti-gun schemes it would be a bit symmetric, but as it is it's totally asymmetric. The only ones who lose are those of us who value freedom.
Speaking of DC, I wonder whatever became of that guy who loaded a shotgun in DC and showed the video on YouTube?
I heard that a week or so later, a SWAT team stormed his house in Virginia (outside of DC jurisdiction) and took him away, and denied bail because he was deemed “too dangerous”.
I haven’t heard a thing since. Guess he got disappeared?
Everyone mail your representatives and senators with a single .22 casing.
Then call the DC cops.
This should be fun.
I attached a .308 inert round to my coat zipper. Never even got a bad look when I wore it to the school I taught in. In The People’s Republic of Ned Jersey no less.
But it’s not a cartridge case, it’s my pot pipe.
“Welcome to the former United States.”
Washington, D.C. Freedom stops here.
“There is no downside to the anti-gunners. They are no consequences to them if they lose.”
Which is why we need to bring back tarring & feathering, and possibly dueling. Unless there is more at stake for politicians than simply losing their office, they won’t ever behave themselves.