Washington Post Reporter Chris Davenport went through the bureaucratic and legal process of purchasing and owning a handgun in D.C., and wrote about it in an article published on Sept. 2.

As he writes, to get a handgun permit, “It took $833.69, a total of 15 hours 50 minutes, four trips to the Metropolitan Police Department, two background checks, a set of fingerprints, a five-hour class and a 20-question multiple-choice exam. Oh, and the votes of five Supreme Court justices. They’re the ones who really made it possible for me, as a District resident, to own a handgun, a constitutional right as heavily debated and rigorously parsed as the freedoms of speech and religion …”

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Elsewhere around the nation:

— VIRGINIA : Richmond Coliseum changes gun policy again;

— TEXAS : Houston police wary of revised gun law;

— CONNECTICUT : Women boost gun sales;

— NEVADA : The hunt is on for more ammunition;

— LOUISIANA ” Tax-free gun sales excite;

— SOUTH CAROLINA : Adjutant General candidate to give away free AK-47;

— NEW MEXICO : Past NRA leader speaks’

— ARIZONA : Guns to be allowed in some bars;

— TENNESSEE : Guns in parks becomes law;

— CALIFORNIA : Political shootout over Cow Palace ;

— CALIFORNIA : Group carries guns, legally; demonstration highlights right to carry unloaded weapons;

— CALIFORNIA : Delay in weapons permit suit brought against Sacramento sheriff;

— FLORIDA : John Thrasher endorsed by National Rifle Association;

— WISCONSIN : Green Bay City Council drops proposal to limit guns in parks;

— NORTH CAROLINA : Supreme Court reverses Felony Firearms Act; convicted felon’s right to own gun reinstated;