The District’s handgun ban is a reasonable and constitutional restriction because handguns are less effective than other firearms for self-defense. Although they are designed to be more lethal than other firearms, handguns are smaller and harder to shoot accurately.
Daniel G. Jarcho
Brief of Violence Policy Center and the police chiefs for the cities of Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Seattle as amici curiae in support of petitioners.
[Yes, several police chiefs publicly announced their bigotry, ignorance of guns, and stupidly signed on to the brief from the VPC. If not for the seriousness of the matter and that some people might actually believe them the entire brief would be entertaining. Just the two sentences above are open for fisking on the following points:
- There is no constitutional exemption for protection for “less effective” arms.
- Handguns are not designed to be more lethal than other firearms (I thought the VPC wanted .50-caliber/”assault-weapons”/semi-autos/normal-capacity-magazines/”Saturday-Night-Specials” banned because it they were the most lethal).
- Handguns are carried by virtually all law enforcement officers in the U.S. because they are effective for self-defense.
Reading the brief I just have to shake my head in wonder at nearly every sentence. They are ignorant of the history firearm technology or hope their revision of it will not be noticed by others. Sometimes consecutive sentences contradict each other. They live in an alternate reality and/or they have mental problems.–Joe]