Got a Piece of Spent Brass in Wash DC? Hope You Enjoy Your Year in Jail…
Most gun owners are well aware that our nation’s capital has the strictest gun control laws in the country (as well as one of the highest murder rates).
Private gun ownership is highly, highly regulated with the gun purchase process extremely time consuming and expensive.
However, one law which you may not have been aware of, which can easily land you in hot water, is the fact that DC treats spent ammo casings (brass) the same as live ammo (which is also highly regulated).
According to a report by Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner,
Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city’s confusing gun laws.
“Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate,” pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, “Emily Gets Her Gun: … But Obama Wants to Take Yours.”
This revalation further points to the fact that gun control is not about making anyone safer, it’s about control.
There is absolutely no way a spent brass casing could ever be used to harm someone.
Yes, a casing can be reloaded with a new primer, powder and bullet to form a new round of live ammunition, however the process requires at minimum a couple of a different pieces of reloading equipment.
Many gun enthusiasts also make jewelry and key chains out of spent ammo casings and could be inadvertently breaking the law if they traveled to DC.