We firearms marksmen, collectors and aficionados know well the importance of laws, rules, regulations. When we don’t know, when we are not sure or when we need to update our knowledge, the internet easily verifies our concerns. In fact, I recently looked up Permit to Carry standings. Why? Because I wanted to verify something I heard on….. tv! OK, we know most television “drama” unfolds as factlessly and fairy-tale like as the Wizard of Oz, but the presentation of the drama makes the viewer believe they receive factual information. In the past year, I have stitched myself into a corner where my dearly departed mother left off, with quilting. I know, I know: cooking, marksmanship, quilter- I was born in the wrong century. Anyway, while I exact precision out of my fabrics, carefully using my tools (rotary blades, no less) and safely operate the machinery in order to affect the perfectly executed end product, the television drones in the background. Last night, this fairly new show, situated in Washington, D.C., spouted off about carrying guns. That got my attention. As we know, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) tells us of the massive struggle to even own a firearm in the home in D.C. let alone legally carrying one outside. When the script had the tv drama characters survey each other as to who carried a gun for some such covert operation on a civilian level, I listened as a challenged legal firearms carrier would. “What a bunch of hogwash. It will never happen”, I ranted to my dog- the only one in the room. So, I verified the tv’s script by looking up Concealed carry in the United States on the web. A nice chart tracked all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Under no category does D.C. law allow for carrying, or for issuance of permits. I guess when it looks good to bash firearms (refer to website article: Who Should Have a Gun? Posted on June 15, 2010), Hollywood whimsically injects that theme into their script. But, when the show makes the characters look tough, ready to save the day, guns- even if snuck around illegally- become desirable. Talk about a mixed message.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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