DC's Only Gun Dealer Stops Taking Orders

Saturday, Apr 30, 2011  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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DC's Only Gun Dealer Stops Taking Orders

Kirk Weddle

The sole person who has registered handguns in the District of Columbia since a ban was overturned in 2008 is no longer taking registration orders.

That means D.C. residents currently have no legal means to purchase a handgun and keep it in their homes.

D.C. has no gun stores, and federal law prohibits residents from buying a handgun elsewhere and bringing it into the District.

Charles Sykes is the proprietor of the only licensed firearm dealer in the city that will transfer guns from out-of-state stores. But Sykes told WTOP-FM that he's lost his lease and won't be taking orders until he finds a new location. The District has strict zoning requirements on where gun dealers can locate.

Since 2008, Sykes has processed more than 1,000 handguns for D.C. residents.

In Sykes absence, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said on Friday that the federal government should step in to help purchasers buy guns legally in the District.  He made the comment on WTOP radio.

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