Props to the Cops – Man Arrested in Columbia Heights carrying a fully loaded handgun

From MPD:

“On today’s date [Tuesday], at approximately 17:20 hours, members of your Third District VICE Unit were conducting pro-active operations within the 1000 block of Lamont Street, NW when they observed an adult male acting suspicious in an alleyway. Upon contact with this subject, he was found to be carrying an unregistered and fully loaded handgun upon his person. The subject was arrested and charged with “Carrying Pistol”, “Unregistered Firearm” and “Unregistered Ammunition.”

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  • This falls under “reasons why I’m glad DC has strict gun laws.” The courts need to uphold them.

    • I’ll never understand this logic. The person who God forbid would do you harm with a gun is not the same as a law abiding person with a registered pistol 9 out of 10 times.

      • Typically, the person who would do you harm with a gun is a spouse or partner. Or yourself.

        • This is spot on. The majority of violent crimes (and abductions for that matter) are committed by someone known to the victim. Twice as many people in this country kill themselves every year than are killed by others, but our perception of rick is so skewed it’s clouding our judgement and impeding our ability to pass evidence based policy to address any of it.
          The stigma of suicide reared its ugly head this week, and once again showed that A. we don’t know nearly enough about the causes and treatments and B. many will continue to view suicide only as the weak act of a clear minded individual.

          • Sooo, you think DC has less of a domestic violence problem than other parts of the country that don’t have a bunch of ignored “guns control” laws? Suggest you visit one of the many shelters around the city and talk to the women that live in them.

          • Anonymous 2:01 pm, I’m not sure how you drew that conclusion from Jeslett’s post.
            Your odds of being confronted by a criminal with a gun are pretty small. The person at the other end of the gun is much more likely to be someone law-abiding — yourself (suicide), a family member (accident), or a spouse/partner (domestic violence).
            Domestic violence knows no boundaries, unfortunately. But in places where guns are difficult to get, victims of domestic violence are far less likely to be shot to death.

          • Anonymous, I in no way underestimate or belittle domestic violence here or anywhere else. I’m not sure how you got that from my post, because as I said, most violent crime is committed by someone known to the victim. This obviously includes intimate partner violence. I know the stats for women in abusive relationships and women in abusive relationships with a gun in the home. It’s horrifying, but I did not comment on gun laws.
            I think in a lot of ways intimate partner violence parallels suicide in the way it is viewed in mainstream US culture. The victims of both are largely blamed, few want to delve into the root causes, and even fewer want to address those root causes. It’s extremely sad to me that there isn’t more political will to work on these things.

  • It’s a fine line between pro-active policing and jackbooted thugging, but in general I’m pleased to see our police dept doing something other than after-the-fact statement-making and issuing tips from Captain Obvious.

  • They need to do more of this pro-active policing. Enough already.

    • Hear hear to pro-active policing. More please!

      • Tangential, but do you know if there has been any more news related to the Friday 8/8 shooting in Park View (Quebec and Warder)? I haven’t seen anything come out in the past few days — nothing since the release of the victim’s name and age, and the information that a house on the 700 block of Rock Creek Church Road was apparently raided on Saturday.

  • Props indeed to MPD!

    In a couple of months thanks to an activist judge all that fine upstanding citizen will be charged with is a misdemeanor…. unregistered firearm…. Progress! Yah guns!

    • Apparently the suspect in this case wasn’t terribly bothered by the legal implications of his actions.

      Do you really think that criminal charges will have any impact whatsoever on the future behavior of this particular individual?

    • Uh, no. His ruling would have no impact on this case since it was an unregistered gun. His ruling was strictly related to registered handguns. Good thing you’re not a lawyer.

      • ThatGuy is correct. From WTOP:
        Prosecutors in the District of Columbia have for now stopped charging people with carrying a handgun outside their home or business after a judge ruled a city law banning carrying a handgun unconstitutional.

        That means that in some new cases, someone who would have faced a felony charge punishable by up to five years in prison before Scullin’s ruling may now instead face misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail. The ruling has also affected pistol-carrying cases that were pending at the time of Scullin’s ruling. Some are being dismissed and others delayed.

        Without the pistol-carrying charge, prosecutors handling new gun cases still have options. Those generally include two misdemeanor charges: possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

  • Did you know that you can get prosecuted for possessing “Unregistered Ammunition” for having a shell casing in your car?

    I’m all for locking up criminals. But gun laws in this city are ridiculous.

    • Doesn’t “Unregistered Ammunition” just mean you have ammo in a caliber or guage that isn’t for a registered gun you own? I.e. if I have a registered .22 rifle, I can own .22 ammo but can’t own .38 ammo, correct?
      If that’s the case, I’m ok with that because it gives prosecutors one more tool to go after criminals. I own registered guns and live in DC; it’s not hard to follow the rules.

      • In theory you are correct. In practice the law covers any component of ammunition. So lets say you go out to MD, shoot some guns in a caliber that you don’t have registered in the city, and save one of the shell casings as a souvenir, or forget that you had one in the car when you were cleaning up. You get stopped, and suddenly you are a felon.

        This is an example how the district gun laws are unjust. To people who are criminals another felony is just cost of doing business, to someone like us it is potentially a life-ruining experience.

        • I don’t think that’s true. Can you cite a case of someone being charged for a shell casing?

          • here you go – almost the exact scenario described. this type of behavior by dc police and politicians is exactly why the dc gun laws will be dismantled.


          • He was charged (and convicted) for actual unregistered ammunition, not for a shell casing. He had bullets and sabots for a muzzleloader, and a shotgun shell, which he claimed was a dud.

          • A dud, a shell casing, and some muzzle loader bullets (which are shaped pieces of lead with no powder). Do you think that this is a reasonable prosecution that increased public safety?

            note that this case is simply the first one that came off google.

          • I don’t have any idea if this is a reasonable prosecution that increased public safety. All I know is that shell casings aren’t illegal in DC, and Emily Miller likely knows that too, though it’s hard to tell from her massively biased, one-sided reporting.
            Your original scenario of “save one of the shell casings as a souvenir, or forget that you had one in the car when you were cleaning up. You get stopped, and suddenly you are a felon.” is simply not right, not even including the fact that the unregistered ammo charge is a misdemeanor, not a felony.
            Truf – he had actual ammunition.

          • Read the law. Ammunition components are considered ammunition, and a shell casing is an ammunition component. Do you have a shell casing at home? Are you willing to bet your freedom on proprietorial discretion?

            Regardless. This type of unwillingness to recognize the unreasonableness of the DC gun laws and compromise will lead to outcomes such as getting them all thrown out as the federal courts have done time and time again. Meanwhile innocent people get their lives ruined over nothing.

          • *prosecutorial

    • Let me clear up some confusion. Shell casings ARE considered ammunition and are therefore prohibited items under District law. The relevant statutes:

      D.C. Code § 7-2506.01
      (a) No person shall possess ammunition in the District of Columbia unless:
      (3) He is the holder of a valid registration certificate for a firearm pursuant to subchapter II of this chapter;

      D.C. Code § 7-2501.01 (2):
      “Ammunition” means cartridge cases, shells, projectiles (including shot), primers, bullets (including restricted pistol bullets), propellant powder, or other devices or materials designed, redesigned, or intended for use in a firearm or destructive device.

  • a dud, and some “ammunition components”.

    do you think this was a reasonable prosecution that in any way contributed to public safety?

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