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MILLER: Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police ‘Gun Offenders Registry’
Washington Times ^ | Mar 28, 2014 | Emily Miller

Posted on 03/30/2014 5:48:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo

MILLER: Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police ‘Gun Offenders Registry’

Businessman convicted of having unregistered muzzleloader bullets

By Emily Miller

The Washington Times

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mark Witaschek never had a firearm in the District of Columbia, but he is now on the city’s Gun Offenders Registry.

This bizarre case has drawn national attention because an upstanding citizen was tried and convicted of possessing unregistered ammunition for muzzleloader bullets, which are simply pieces of lead and copper.

On Friday afternoon, I accompanied Mr. Witaschek and his wife, Bonnie, to Metropolitan Police Department headquarters to abide by the terms of his sentence, which meant registering within 48 hours.

Immediately inside the front doors and metal detectors is the Gun Offenders Registry Unit, which has suddenly appeared in the same office space as what was the Firearms Registry Unit. A white piece of paper taped over the existing painted sign indicated the office switch.

“They label it ‘gun-offender registry’ to sound like a sex-offender registry,” Mr. Witaschek noted.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: banglist; corruption; democrats; fraud; govtabuse; guncontrol; guns; mediabias; politics; secondamendment; tyranny; washington
Businessman Mark Witaschek submits to a mugshot for the D.C. Gun Offenders Registry at Metropolitan Police Department. March 28, 2013. Businessman Mark Witaschek submits to a mugshot for the D.C. Gun Offenders Registry at Metropolitan Police Department. March 28, 2013.
1 posted on 03/30/2014 5:48:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I would have moved out of DC and not complied. Let them arrest me in Idaho militia country for FTA.


2 posted on 03/30/2014 5:51:52 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: KeyLargo

If it keeps on raining — the levy’s going to break.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 5:54:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DCBryan1

The criminals are doing the arresting. Animals are in charge. Never give an inch. Lock and Load. MOLON LABE.


4 posted on 03/30/2014 5:54:18 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: KeyLargo

Great example of the complete absurdity of the law and of the government of the District of Columbia


5 posted on 03/30/2014 5:56:40 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: KeyLargo

Great example of the complete absurdity of the law and of the government of the District of Columbia


6 posted on 03/30/2014 5:57:30 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: KeyLargo

This is a battle between good and evil. FedGov and DCGov are not on the side of good.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 5:57:53 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: KeyLargo

He should put forth the David Gregory precident as a defense.


8 posted on 03/30/2014 5:58:09 AM PDT by umgud
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To: BenLurkin

I’m reminded this morning reading this of that old religious hymn that goes in part “shall we gather at the river...........”


9 posted on 03/30/2014 6:03:07 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: KeyLargo

The Alinsky way. Make people feel like perverts for even thinking about a gun.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 6:03:44 AM PDT by albie
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To: KeyLargo

What more can you expect from the District of Criminals?


11 posted on 03/30/2014 6:15:08 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Vaquero

Never give an inch. Lock and Load. MOLON LABE.
= = = = = = = = = = = = =
Amen....correct on all points.

I was driving down THE MAIN street in Warrenton VA and saw a sign in front of a Restaurant advertising ‘MOLON LAVE’ Dinner and I was going to make sure I ‘joined’ them as I had arranged a supper meeting in a nearby town for the VCDL (Virginia Citizens Defense League) next month.

Turns out Molon Lave is a local Virginia Winery and I am sure all the Wine and Cheese Tasters would have been titillated had I and some of my comrades (LEGALLY) shown up for the Sunday after noon ‘affair’ exercising our Open Carry Rights..

Doesn’t alway pay to act on first impulse.

Glad R Reagan gave the advice ‘Trust but Verify’.....


12 posted on 03/30/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: KeyLargo

Kind of scary. We are quickly dividing into two countries - one with gun rights, and the other without. That is not good. As it is, there are now people that simply WILL NOT live in gun-grabbing states, and that will pull them down economically (not that I care that much...but it’s stupid to have this situation develop).

I don’t know where it will all lead...I just don’t like it.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 6:20:56 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Cen-Tejas
Should be "levee's going to break"

As for Shall We Gather at the River...always makes me think of this...

14 posted on 03/30/2014 6:26:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: centurion316

District of Corruption.

District of Criminals (the politicians and their henchmen).


15 posted on 03/30/2014 6:35:38 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: KeyLargo

So they are calling a hunk of lead “ammunition?”


16 posted on 03/30/2014 6:40:30 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: KeyLargo

A muzzleloader isn’t even considered a firearm under the 1968 law. You can buy them online and have them shipped directly to your home without a background check.

Congress needs to defund whatever office that came up with this stupid rule in DC.


17 posted on 03/30/2014 6:41:39 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: BenLurkin
If it keeps on raining — the levy’s going to break.

Yep.

5.56mm

18 posted on 03/30/2014 6:50:20 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: xrmusn

here in the Peoples Republic of NY, there is no open carry...there is something called a pistol license and it is needed to just OWN a handgun...NY is a “May Issue”. for most it comes as a concealed carry permit(there is also a premise permit which requires you to keep it home when not traveling to and from the gun store for buying/selling), but there are so many caveats(regulated county by county) that I rarely carry in my home county (regulation: carry only on the way and back to the range and to hunting...you may stop to eat or to pick people up)

as I carry to my hunting camp many counties away, I am required to be in control of my handgun. So while I am away I carry all the time. the county I hunt in is a no-caveat carry area. Now NY state law says no open carry. it does not say I can open carry while in the field hunting. My county gave me a written book which says I cannot carry open except when in the field hunting or at a range. So I carry open in these situations. but no one knows what the laws are suppose to be. to carry my 7.5” bbl. redhawk concealed would be near impossible, or at the least very uncomfortable.

I would move in a NY minute....except I cannot get the wife on board as she must be near her mom....


19 posted on 03/30/2014 6:51:37 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: DCBryan1

20 posted on 03/30/2014 6:54:49 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: centurion316
• Millions spent for two years on prosecuting man for having single, inoperative shotgun shell
21 posted on 03/30/2014 6:56:16 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Beagle8U

I agree and 20yrs ago the idea might have made sense.

There was a cop who arrested him, a police department who passed this on to the da, a da who saw fit to persecute...er..prosecute him and a judge who agreed and found him guilty.

That is a huge cesspool of mindless stupidity to drain. And the majority of Congress won’t do a damn thing about it.

It WILL come to the absolute refusal to obey these idiots who claim to be “in charge”.


22 posted on 03/30/2014 6:57:08 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: umgud

Outrageous
UPDATE: D.C. Man Found Guilty Over Antique Rifle Bullets

NEWS VIDEO

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/03/27/update-dc-man-mark-witaschek-found-guilty-over-antique-rifle-bullets


23 posted on 03/30/2014 7:01:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: umgud

24 posted on 03/30/2014 7:06:17 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: All

Cop: “What are you doing with these lead bullets?”
American citizen: Those are not lead bullets. They are fishing weights. I’m going fishing.”
Cop: “It’s against the law to shoot fish with lead bullets. You are under arrest!”


25 posted on 03/30/2014 7:09:08 AM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

Rock salt, BBs, bean bags.....
Shot gun ammo?


26 posted on 03/30/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: JW1949

DNR outlaws lead fishing tackle on 3 northern lakes
Monday, March 10, 2014 11:48 a.m. CDT

http://wxerfm.com/news/articles/2014/mar/10/dnr-outlaws-lead-fishing-tackle-on-3-northern-lakes/


27 posted on 03/30/2014 7:19:10 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Vaquero

here in the Peoples Republic of NY, there is no open carry..
= = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I have CC in VA and do not leave home without it.
One of these days I will get ‘nailed’ in DC, MD, NJ, CT or NY ..

Shame where one doesn’t really need it you can’t carry it BUT where you are apt to need it you can’t have it.

Then again when the citizens of a State, City etc figure the guy next to you MAY be armed, the politeness sets in better than when ‘THEY’ know ‘they’ are in a GUN FREE FOR ME AND THEE but not ‘THEM’....

OTOH I don’t appear as a target and my Pickup with VA tags may say ‘something’ to the animals...works in the Metro DC area BUT if the slugs have that figured out the Cops probably do also, just can’t give them ‘Probably Cause’ though that always isn’t a ‘slam dunk’.


28 posted on 03/30/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: Beagle8U

How many minie balls for muzzle loaders are in the ground in DC waiting to be found by children or people working in flower beds who will drop them in a jar and become criminals.


29 posted on 03/30/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Adder

I would have told them to stuff it up their azz!

I would flat refuse to register and appeal all the way to the USSC!

Any freaking thing you can stuff down the barrel is ammo for a muzzleloader, including the judges ink pen!

I would tell the black robed commie bastard to arrest himself!


30 posted on 03/30/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Adder

And to think the constitution makes the whole place as the seat of government: To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;-


31 posted on 03/30/2014 8:04:32 AM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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To: KeyLargo

I wonder how many bullets (not cartridges) could be dropped on the sidewalks of D.C.? What about cardboard cut outs of guns. Civil disobedience can take many forms.


32 posted on 03/30/2014 8:27:08 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: umgud
DC police said that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute Gregory.

What public interest could this prosecution serve?

Intimidation of course.

33 posted on 03/30/2014 12:17:59 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: KeyLargo

I own three of those I purchased in Williamsburg, Va. I wonder if many people from DC come to williamsburg, buy these souvenirs and don’t know they are violating a clearly illegal D.C. law.


34 posted on 03/30/2014 12:45:07 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: BobL

>>We are quickly dividing into two countries - one with gun rights, and the other without. <<

Which brings to mind the question, “Should you shoot someone who is committing violence upon another person?” Normally, I would say yes but these days you may not receive a “Thank you for saving me from a serious beating.” The victim might just get in your face and ask, “Why did you shoot him? I was not afraid for my life. I knew he wasn’t going to kill me.”

Where would you be in Court then?


35 posted on 03/30/2014 3:02:41 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

Well, that dovetails nicely with the next rule. If the person taking the beating is a lib, don’t shoot. You might offend them by shooting as you note, they deserve what they get for fighting to keep the law abiding from having the means of self defense, and their life isn’t worth the price of the ammo nor of your legal defense. If the beat-ee is conservative, none of those issues apply.


36 posted on 03/30/2014 8:35:18 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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