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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 …”

For more, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/01/AR2009090103836.html//

Elsewhere around the nation:

— VIRGINIA : Richmond Coliseum changes gun policy again; http://www.ammoland.com/2009/09/07/virginas-richmond-coliseum-changes-gun-policy-again//

— TEXAS : Houston police wary of revised gun law; http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6607275.html//

— CONNECTICUT : Women boost gun sales; http://www.newstimes.com/ci_132825//

— NEVADA : The hunt is on for more ammunition; http://www.lvrj.com/news/57603387.html//

— LOUISIANA ” Tax-free gun sales excite; http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/news/2009/sep/05/tax-free-gun-sales-excite/

— SOUTH CAROLINA : Adjutant General candidate to give away free AK-47; http://www.palmettoscoop.com/2009/09/04/a-machine-gun-social/

— NEW MEXICO : Past NRA leader speaks’ http://www.daily-times.com/ci_13267300//

— ARIZONA : Guns to be allowed in some bars; http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.statepress.com/node/7253&ct=ga&cd=7mIJlgS5ycQ&usg=AFQjCNHZz8afITzs0xG7lXeL5kfIkgg1Aw//

— TENNESSEE : Guns in parks becomes law; http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/sep/01/guns-parks-becomes-law/?local//

— CALIFORNIA : Political shootout over Cow Palace ; http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Political-shootout-over-Cow-Palace-56825532.html//

— CALIFORNIA : Group carries guns, legally; demonstration highlights right to carry unloaded weapons; http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/escondido/article_7458254b-2c32-591e-8ef4-57f29cc09ed8.html//

— CALIFORNIA : Delay in weapons permit suit brought against Sacramento sheriff; http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/12987/DELAY_IN_WEAPONS_PERMIT_SUIT_AGAINST_SACRAMENTO_SHERIFF//

— FLORIDA : John Thrasher endorsed by National Rifle Association; http://www.jaxobserver.com/2009/09/02/john-thrasher-endorsed-by-national-rifle-association/

— WISCONSIN : Green Bay City Council drops proposal to limit guns in parks; http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20090901/GPG0101/90901167/1207/GPG01//

— NORTH CAROLINA : Supreme Court reverses Felony Firearms Act; convicted felon’s right to own gun reinstated; http://www.mydailyrecord.com/ee/dunndailyrecord/index.php?pSetup=dunndailyrecord&curDate=20090901&pageToLoad=showFreeArticle.php&type=art&index=03//

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