This article seems straight forward. The president was given Saddams personnal hanggun as a trophy by the soldiers who captured him from his septic tank hiding place.
Question. Does the president know that handguns are outlawed in Washington D.C.?
I got this from the NRA-ILA site
No handgun can be legally possessed in the District unless it is registered. All handguns registered in the District prior to Sept. 24, 1976, were required to have been reregistered by Feb. 5, 1977. After that date, no more handguns could be registered.
But here is the rule for non-residents, remember, Bush is registered in Texas.
Nonresidents are prohibited (subject to the recreational activity exception) from carrying or possessing a firearm while traveling through the District unless the gun has been registered with the Metropolitan Police.
Now the section on "recreational activity exception" seems vague
Residents and nonresidents of the District may possess firearms while going to or from and while engaged in lawful recreational firearms related activity, provided that their firearms are legally possessed in their place of residence. In addition, the person should be able to "exhibit proof" that he is on his way to such activity and must transport the firearm "unloaded, securely wrapped and carried in open view."
While this can be read several ways does keeping it for show count as lawful recreational firearms related activity?
But this only effecs firearms before 1976
From the Washington DC police website
With a few exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to own or possess a handgun in the District of Columbia.
DC Code, Title 6-2312, states that a registration certificate shall NOT be issued for a:
Short barreled rifle
Pistol not validly registered to the current registrant in the District prior to September 24, 1976.
Hate to say it but it looks like Bush may be a criminal. We have achieved regulative nirvanna, even our President is a criminal.
So who gets to charge him with a crime? I wonder how hard it would be to find out if it is registered as the law requires.
Thanks to Army of One for this fine article.
NOTE: Since he informs people that it is unloaded I would say it is not likely demiled.