Sunday, July 27, 2008


when commenting, please be mindful of respecting others, even if you disagree.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

stolen scooter

the scooter had a big 'i love obama' sticker on the back! its a small scooter/back tire/antique was heard that suspect may ride it around the new cigar bar....if you see it call Luciana 5042516124

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

big bear mentioned in the post

Post article

"A beautiful coffee ought to be savored," she said.

this sentence made me smile:

Labermeier's attention to the intricacies of producing near-perfect coffee is shared by a small but growing number of chefs, including, most recently, Washington's José Andrés.

thats pretty freakin hot.

dc one cards

here is a link to information about the dc one card

The DC One Card is a consolidated credential designed to give adults and children access to DC government facilities and programs. Eventually, the DC One Card will also become a student ID and an access card for all DC government buildings and programs. For the participants in the Summer Youth Program (SYP), the new card will include a bonus--immediate WMATA SmartTrip® capability to help them travel to and from their summer jobs.

Friday, July 18, 2008

LeDroit Park & Bloomingdale HERITAGE TRAIL!

Make Some History!
LeDroit Park & Bloomingdale
Would you like to help bring a Heritage Trail to LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale? Do you have photos and memories to share?
Then plan to join your neighbors, representatives from Cultural Tourism DC and the Joint LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale Heritage Trail Working Group to learn more about the city’s Neighborhood Heritage Trails Program!
7:00 PM
160 U Street NW
St. George’s Episcopal Church
The Washington, DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails showcases Washington’s diverse neighborhoods for residents and visitors alike. A self-guided walking trail will be marked with poster-sized signs with text and pictures that tells our neighborhoods’ stories. A trail typically takes 90 minutes to walk, and begins and ends at a Metro station.
Please help us discover the most interesting historic events that happened here,
and the fascinating people who lived, played, and worked here.
Longtime residents, newcomers, and former residents are all encouraged and welcome to attend.
You can see Neighborhood Heritage Trails in Greater U St, Downtown, Southwest, Barracks Row, Shaw, Adams Morgan, Tenleytown, and Mount Pleasant. Trails are underway in Brightwood, Deanwood, Columbia Heights, Anacostia, Georgia Ave/Pleasant Plains and others.
Contact Cassandra Costley at 703-605-4089 or for more information on the LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale Heritage Trail effort. To learn more about the Neighborhood Heritage Trails Program, please call Jane Levey at Cultural Tourism DC: 202-626-1137.
Washington, DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails are developed by neighborhood working groups and the nonprofit Cultural Tourism DC with funding by the District Department of Transportation the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

Bloomingdale Civic Association
July 21 Meeting Agenda
Call to Order
Special Guests:
DCRA's Eric Rogers to Provide an Update on Problem Housing
Committee Reports
Correspondence Report
Financial Report
Beautification Committee
Leadership & Mediation Committee
2008 House Tour Committee
Unfinished Business
Serita Sanders to Provide an Update on Flooding Issues in Bloomingdale
Serita Sanders to Provide an Update on the Gage-Eckington School Action
Bloomingdale Wireless Initiative – ANC Stuart Davenport
New Business
The meeting will be held at St. Georges Episcopal Church, located at 160 U St NW.
It will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

public movie night -first and florida

Sunday, July 20, 2008
Family Movie Night Season Coming to Florida Avenue Park
The District’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) brings "Fun Family Films Under The Stars,” to south Bloomingdale at Florida Avenue Park at 1st and Florida Avenue across from the great Big Bear Café. This movie festival offers residents of all ages and families of all sizes the opportunity to enjoy viewing free, family-oriented films in DPR’s outdoor settings. As in previous years, viewers are invited to bring their own snacks, chairs and blankets.
Movies will be shown from 8:45 pm to 11 pm.
At select locations throughout the summer, community members who arrive early enough for each screening will have the opportunity to place a vote between two movies that may be shown that evening. For example, one night, those attending the Columbia Heights Recreation Center screening were asked to choose between the 2005 comedy “Are We There Yet?” starring Nia Long and Ice Cube or the 2006 drama “Akeelah and the Bee” with Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer. The movie which receives the most votes will be shown.
So come on out this Sunday evening at 8:45 pm to Florida Avenue Park !
And come out next Thursday, the 24th when Family Movie Night comes to the Harry Thomas Rec Center on Lincoln Road NE.
John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Recording Secretary, ANC 5C
(202) 986-2592
jsalatti @
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

weedfest bloomingdale!

Dear Friends of Crispus Attucks Park,
Join us for a WEEDFEST THIS Saturday in Crispus Attucks Park. Your neighbors will be out in the Memory Garden, with backup from a professional landscaping team, with the goal of GETTING RID OF ALL THE WEEDS IN THE MEMORY GARDEN! Just imagine the transformation. Or better yet come see it for yourself and help make it happen.
It's going to be hot this weekend, so we're starting early -- 8:30am, and will probably go until at least Noon. We'll also make sure we have ways to stay cool, including cold drinks and maybe a makeshift misting station. And if we're still working at noon we can even order lunch.
- John
John Corea, President | Crispus Attucks Development Corporation
jacorea @ gmail. com |

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Public Safety Meeting

Ward 5 Councilmember
Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.
Invites You to the
Public Safety Meeting
with PSA 501 Residents

Councilmember Thomas is personally chairing the PSA 501 meeting so that he can hear directly from you regarding your public
safety concerns, as well as share with you key information he recently received from a MPD briefing for council members.

WHO: Ward 5 Councilmember Thomas
WHAT: Public Safety Meeting with PSA 501 Residents

WHEN: 7 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
WHERE: Harry Thomas, Sr. Recreation Center
1743 Lincoln Road, NE
2nd Floor Meeting Room

next ANC 5C

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Edgewood Senior Building-Crawford Hall
7:05 – 9:00 p.m. 635 Edgewood Terrace, NE (enter from parking lot )


ANC5C citizens are invited to bring suggestions and recommendation for community improvement to the meeting. However, please observe simply courtesies at all times -- wait to be recognized before speaking and do not speak over others or while others have the floor. Please limit your comments to ONE MINUTE so to give others a chance for expression. Members of the community will be recognized following the Commissioners. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall maintain public order during the meeting. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Part I: Community Concerns and Reports ------ 7:05 p.m.

1) Call to Order …………………………………………………………… Commissioner Bonds
2) Roll Call …………………………………………….………………….. Commissioner Daneker
3) Approval of the June 2008 Meeting Minutes ….……………….….. Commissioner Salatti
4) Acknowledgement of Community Leaders and Guests ………….. Commissioner Phillips
5) Treasurer’s Report …………………………………………………… Commissioner DeFoe
6) MPD Update …………………………………………………………... PSA 501 Officers
7) Community Concerns ……………………………………… Moderated by Commissioner Grant
8) Remarks from the Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.
9) Comments by Alice Thompson, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

Part II: Outstanding Business ------- 7:35 p.m.

Progress Reports on Outstanding Grants …………………………………… Commissioner Day
Delinquent Progress Reports: Harriet Tubman Memorial, Bloomingdale Community Mediation, and Eckington Newsletter
Action Item: Vote on – Young Men of Distinction Grant Request ……… Commissioner Hammond
New Grant Request: The Bridge HiFi Network

Update on St. Paul’s Housing Development (requires PUD from Zoning Commission) … Jack Lester, EYA
…………………………………………………………….. Introduction by Commissioner Grant

Part III: New Business ------- 8:15 p.m.

Resolutions …………………………………. Commissioners Bonds, Farmer Allen, and Daneker

Note: The Commissioners will ask questions first followed by the audience.

Part IV: Information of Interest ------------- 8:30 p.m.

Single-Member District Project Notes and Issues ……………. Firehouse conversion, EOM
Neighborhood Walks, Public Safety Walks, DDOT Beautification Grants, SMD Meetings, etc.

Part V: Committee of the Whole Executive Session -------- 8:50 p.m.
This portion of the meeting is reserved for COMMISSION ACTION ONLY, and therefore audience comments will not be entertained. The audience is asked to hold their comments and share them with their Single Member District Representative at the conclusion of the meeting. Thanks again for your cooperation.

1) Pay Bills ………………………………………………………….. Commissioners Day and DeFoe
2) Items for September 2008 Meeting Agenda ……………………………………………

Meeting Adjourned ……….. 9:00 p.m.

Commission 5C will not meet during August, but resumes monthly meetings on September 16, 2008

bloomingdale farmers market tomorrow

Hello Bloomingdale Market Fans,


Tomatoes: Phoenix
Heirloom Tomatoes: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Prince, Striped CaverN
Cherry Tomatoes: Sung old, Grape, Navidad, Chocolate Cherry
Cantaloups: Athena and Aphrodiete
MAYBE Sugar Baby Watermelon
Sweet Vidalia-style Onions are BACK
Raspberry Frangipane Tart
Zucchini Bread

The fireworks are done and the summer heat is here. Gas prices are up. The BFM offers local produce that is worth the walk. Ted says: If you want a real local treat pick up some Trickling Springs Dairy heavy cream from Timor Bodega, whip it up and flavor it with lemon zest and vanilla.

Then pick your choice of fresh berries or peaches from Reid's Orchard. Find a clear pint glass and build a cream and fruit parfait. Garnish with a sprig of mint from the 7th street garden. Ok that's desert now for the rest of a perfect summer meal..........

Start your prefect summer meal by not heating up your home with the stove or oven. Create a cool tasty salad from their great choice of salad greens and fresh herbs: lettuce, arugula, mesclun, purslane, radishes, and mint, oregano, sage, chives, basil. Then try some AppleWurst from Truck Patch Farm cooked on the grill..

Truck Patch: Try some Lemon verbena which makes a great herbal tea. Purslane. A pretty succulent also called Portulaca, it is filled to the tip of every little leaf with omega 3 fatty acids. It has a lemony flavor and a nice crunch which makes it the perfect salad veggie. Baby squash with their blossoms,

Do you want a cool drink to beat the heat?

Lemon verbena

1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves (not the stems, they're bitter), rinsed, lightly packed (about 20 leaves)
1/2 cup of fresh lemon verbena leaves, rinsed, lightly packed (about 10-15 leaves)
2 cups of water
Bring a pot of fresh water almost, but not quite to a boil. Put the mint and verbena leaves in a teapot. Pour the hot water over the leaves. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Strain into tea cups.
Makes 2 cups.

Ice it down for a great summer refresher!

Reid: There will be buckets of dark sweet and sour cherries and they won't be in season much longer. Lots of berries -- red and black raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries. Methley sugar plums (purple and juicy), shiro plums(yellow and sweet) plums, tart Lodi sauce apples, white and yellow peaches. Herbs by popular demand- basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, oregano and lavender

Fruit Salad Tip: sprinkle a little sugar at the bottom of a bowl. Grind chopped basil and mint leaves into the sugar to a paste, then add your cut up fruit and sprinkle with lemon juice. The sugar-herb paste is wonderful and the lemon heightens the flavor of the summer berries and fruits. Try it!.

Add to your perfect summer meal with a wide choice of Garner veggies to grill or cut into salads.

Garner: Make a cucumber and yogurt salad with slices of their sweet onions and mint. Crush some garlic and it turns into a great relish for meat or beans. Grate the cucumbers . Add some crushed walnuts and thin it down with more yogurt and it is a cool, pretty cucumber soup. Grill corn on the cob and rub it with lime and cayenne pepper -- or butter. Or all three.

TIP: Slice up tomatoes and sprinkle them with salt, add some shredded basil leaves. Drizzle on the olive oil but hold the vinegar. The tomato juice makes the perfect vinaigrette. After you eat the slices, mop up that basil= infused juice with some Breadline bread. That's heaven.

Grill their peppers(green bell, king arthur, blushing beauty,lilac), sweet peppers(sweet bananas, yummy mix,)jalepeno peppers. Add some cubed cantaloupes and sugar babies watermelon to your fruit salad. Don't forget the okra and the potato salad.

Seventh Street Garden: peaches, hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, basil and herb plants, flower plants, beets

TIP: BEET SALAD Peel raw young beets and grate them Add pistachios or hazelnuts; dress with orange zest and juice, and olive oil. Add bits of goat cheese or yogurt and chopped parsley and/or chives. (Thanks, Mark Bittman)

Nanbon is back! with two NEW desserts: (local) raspberry frangipane tart, (local) zucchini bread, brownies, bread pudding and a few pecan tarts.

Breadline: Sop up those tomato or sausage juices with their Baguettes! French style croissants,loaves, American muffins, cookies and scones: buy an extra baguette to make panzanella.

TIP: Cut day-old crusty Breadline bread into one-inch cubes. combine it with chopped tomatoes (seeds are O.K.), chopped cucumber, chopped red onion and fresh basil. Dress with olive oil, red wine vinegar,( diced anchovies if you like them), capers, salt and pepper. (from Mark Bittman)


Robin, Ted, Ben, Jess

Robin Shuster
Markets & More
14& U Farmers Market
Bloomingdale Farmers Market

email: (sign up for our weekly market email!)
The 14&U Farmers Market:
Day: Every Saturday May 10- November 22nd,
Time: 9am - 1pm
Place: On the sidewalk of the Reeves Plaza, at the NW corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Bloomingdale Farmers Market:
Date: Every Sunday May 18th- November 23rd,
Time:10am - 2pm
Place: In front of the Big Bear Cafe on First and R Streets NW.

We Welcome WIC and Senior GET FRESH checks at both markets.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

since we all got screwed by the stadium

at least you can get some discounted tickets:

Celebrate Public Service with the Washington Nationals!

Saturday, July 12th 7:10 pm

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros

Get your discounted tickets at (You don’t have to be a federal employee to receive the discount.)

Monday, July 07, 2008

Bike-In Movie Night

James Bond Film Festival Continues in NoMa:

“The Spy Who Loved Me” Thursday, July 10 --

First “Bike-In Movie Night”

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2008….The summer-long James Bond Film Festival, hosted by the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) in Washington, D.C., continues this week with a free showing of “The Spy Who Loved Me” on Thursday, July 10 starting at sundown.

The film will be shown outdoors at the intersection of Florida and New York Avenues, N.E. The site is located directly across Florida Avenue from the New York Avenue Metro station on the Red Line and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and walk, bike, or take Metro. Nearly 200 people attended the most recent film showing.

On July 10 and August 7, the BID has teamed with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association to sponsor Bike-In Movie Nights, with WABA volunteer bike valets parking filmgoers’ bikes for free. WABA also will have an information table with the latest edition of the DC Bike Map, a pocket guide to DC bike law, and safe cycling guides, and will offer special $25 discounted WABA memberships. WABA also is providing free bike racks for all the James Bond movie nights for the rest of the summer.

The James Bond Film Festival will be held each Thursday night through August 28, rain or shine, with each film showing preceded by an Odd-job and other Bond character look-alike contest. The film series will take place on the future site of MRP Realty’s Washington Gateway project, a one million square foot mixed-use project that will begin construction later this year. A movie schedule and map are available at

About the NoMa BID:

NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Private developers have invested over $1 billion in 2007–2008 alone, with plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10 years. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Web site at

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Public Safety Meeting with PSA 501 Residents

Councilmember Thomas will personally chair the PSA 501 meeting on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 so that he can hear directly from residents about their public safety concerns.

Please mark your calendar to attend this meeting, which begins at 7 pm and will be held in the Harry Thomas Recreation Center. Meeting details are summarized below:

Who: Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.
What: Public Safety Meeting with PSA 501 Residents
When: 7 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Where: Harry Thomas, Sr. Recreation Center

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Farmers Market tomorrow

The Bloomingdale Farmers Market:
Date: Every Sunday May 18th- November 23rd,
Time:10am - 2pm
Place: In front of the Big Bear Cafe on First and R Streets NW.

We Welcome WIC and Senior GET FRESH checks at both markets.

Dear Fans of BFM

We hope you have been having fun over this holiday weekend. If you are still grilling this Sunday or if you prefer to watch Ted grill, stop by........ and stock up on corn, tomatoes and other great veggies (and FRUIT) for the barbecue. Or for the week.

NEW this week:

White sweet corn "Cream of the crop"
Rich May and Sweet Scarlet ~Yellow Peaches
Spring Snow White Peaches
Sour Pie Cherries for baking and jam
Spanish White Cherries
Queen Anne Blus cherries
Bing Dark Sweet Cherries
Tomatoes sunbrite & early girls & green
Green Bell Peppers King Authur
Purple sweet bell peppers
sweet banana peppers
Munchi mix sweet peppers
Green Beans Valintino

Garner's full of summer veggies that are perfect for 6th of July picnics: White sweet corn ("Cream of the Crop" Lots of tomatoes: cherry tomatoes, sunbrite,early girls & green tomates. Peppers. Peppers. Peppers: jalapaneos, yellow, purple and green sweet bell peppers to grill Hot peppers, sweet banana and Munchi mix sweet peppers for salads or to saute with their bunching onions, tomatoes and Truck Patch's sausages. Cucumbers, new potatoes in shades of red,white,yellow (think Potato salad spiced up with their hot peppers), Valentino Green Beans, squash (yellow, zucchini, eightball, one-ball, sunburst, and whites squash), cabbages to make your holiday cole slaw and....bushels of small, sweet cantaloup.

They grow great corn. Brush thick slices of their eggplant with some olive oil, then slap them on the grill. When they are done, sprinkle them with some chopped fresh basil and oregano and a splash of balsamic vinegar. You can do the same thing with their summer squash
Add some sides of sliced tomatoes, julienned radishes with lime juice and cilantro.

Chef Ted plans to do more off- the -grill cooking demos. Last week was Truck Patch sausages and pork shoulder BBQ. This week will be everything veggie for those of you who swing that way....

Reid: The big story this week: CHERRIES. Caitlin is going to have lots of Bing dark sweet cherries, Queen Anne blush sweet cherries, Spanish white cherries, and a nice supply of Sour Pie Cherries for everyone's pie & jam needs (the pie cherries tend to have a very short season). She'll also have apricots, their delicious yellow peaches (Rich May & Sweet Scarlet varieties), white peaches (Spring Snow), nectarines, blueberries, and red raspberries. Fruit salad time. And cobblers. Fruit cobblers are VERY easy to make:

Fruit salad time. Reid has everything: berries, peaches, apples, cherries. And think cobblers. Fruit cobblers are VERY easy to make:

TIP: Just stir together one-half cup of flour with one-fourth cup of sugar, slice one-fourth cup of butter into 1-tablespoon pieces and cut that into the flour and sugar until you have a crumbly mixture.
Slice the fruit into a baking dish and sweeten it slightly. You can add warm spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to either the fruit or the topping. Scatter the crumb mixture over the top and bake at 350 degrees until the topping is crisp and brown and the fruit is juicy and fragrant. (Thanks to Russ Parsons of the LA Times for this simple recipe!)

Breadline will have all the good bread you want to wrap around a sausage or grilled veggies or dip into ratatouille, rolls for hamburgers, muffins, cookies, loaves....

Enjoy the holiday weekend and the market.

Robin, Ted, Ben, Jess


Thursday, July 03, 2008

meat at timor bodega

After being recently understocked except for sausages, there is now quite a cache of the best stuff to grill:

Hotdogs, probably like nothing you've ever tasted
Ground Beef
Ground Veal
3/4" thick Sirloin Steak
Beef Sirloin Tip Steak
New York Strip Steak
Pork Rib Chops
Whole Broiler Chicken
Pork Chorizo
Pork Hot Italian
Chicken Hot Italian

timor bodega
2nd and rhode island nw

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


See this 7/1/2008 message from Bloomingdale Civic Association President Cassandra Costley:

"We've had some pretty serious rainfall in recent weeks and the Bloomingdale Civic Association would like to know how neighbors fared. Please let us know if your home was affected by flooding or water seepage of any consequence that was NOT caused by something you could have controlled, i.e., clogged drains, damaged or missing drains or pipes. We will report these incidents to WASA and follow up to assure that they are doing all than can be done to control storm water run off in this neighborhood.

Report any problems to bloomingdaleca @ Many thanks for helping us follow upon this issue."

first and rhode island, facing south.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

handgun FAQs

From: Santiago, Marco (MPD)
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 8:12 AM
To: Santiago, Marco (MPD)
Subject: [MPD-3d] Impact on the Court Ruling in DC v. Heller

In the coming days the District of Columbia will be implementing new rules
and regulations regarding the Supreme Court decision in the District of
Columbia v. Heller (handgun) case. The Supreme Court ruled that residents
will be allowed to possess handguns in their homes. It is critical that all
Metropolitan Police Department members know the immediate impact of this

* All Firearms including handguns must be registered with the
Metropolitan Police Department's Firearms Registration Section before they
may be legally possessed.
* Automatic and semi-automatic handguns remain ineligible for
* The Supreme Court's ruling is limited to handguns in the home and
does not affect the legality of firearms carried outside of the home.
* The Metropolitan Police Department will urge residents that do
obtain licenses to carry weapons in the home to also keep that weapon either
disassembled or secured with a locking device (not a current legal


* District <>
Government Reacts to Heller Ruling (Press Release, 6/26/08)
* Firearms
_registraton_req.pdf> Registration Requirements*
* Registering
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* Data:
swithguns_062708.pdf> Crimes with Guns* (CY 1998 - YTD through 6/26/08)
* Gun
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Frequently Asked Questions about Registering a Firearm

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What Happens Now?

The Supreme Court will formally issue its mandate within the next month,
possibly as early as July 17, 2008. The U.S. Court of Appeals will then
send the case to the U.S. District Court to enter an injunction. The
injunction is the court order that will officially prevent the District
government from enforcing the handgun ban. That process may take a few
months. Within 21 days, the Metropolitan Police Department will promulgate
regulations to accommodate the process of registering handguns for lawful


Can people go out and get handguns right now?
If not, when will they be able to do it?

No. Residents may not go out and get handguns, though they will soon be
able to do so. There is further court action before the Supreme Court's
decision is implemented and the handgun ban is officially lifted, though
that should happen within the next few months. It should be emphasized that
even after the handgun ban is lifted, those who wish to possess handguns
will first be required to register them with the Metropolitan Police
Department, as they must do with all firearms, in order for the possession
to be legal. Furthermore, under the Supreme Court's decision, possession of
properly registered handguns will still be legal only in one's own home.


What can people do right now?

Although people cannot yet register handguns for legal possession in the
home, they will be able to do so soon, and the District government will
fully comply with the Supreme Court's decision. Residents should wait for
the regulations that the Metropolitan Police Department will prepare within
the next 21 days for further instructions. In the meantime, if residents
have specific questions, they may contact the Firearms Registration Section
of the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9490 or visit the
Department's website at


Will there be restrictions on who can register a handgun?

Yes, under District law that the Supreme Court did not disturb, someone who
seeks to register any firearm must meet certain requirements. Among these
are that the would-be registrant must be 21 years of age and cannot have
been convicted of a felony or other crime of violence or weapons crime, or
have been committed to a mental hospital within the past five years.
Registrants also must be fingerprinted and pass a test regarding knowledge
of District gun laws.


Are there restrictions on what kinds of handguns residents will be able to
register and possess?

Yes, under District law that the Supreme Court did not disturb, automatic
and semi-automatic handguns generally may not be registered. Revolvers in
the home will be legal and, as before, residents remain free to register
most shotguns and rifles. Those with questions about specific firearms
should contact the Firearms Registration Section of the Metropolitan Police
Department at (202) 727-9490 or visit the Department's website at


What other restrictions will there be on handguns?

The new rules will allow handgun possession in the home only, and only by
those who properly register their handguns with the Metropolitan Police
Department. The Supreme Court has not altered the legality of carrying
handguns outside the home. Given the potentially tragic consequences of
storing a firearm without a trigger lock, residents are strongly urged to
utilize such locks which may be obtained free of charge from the
Metropolitan Police Department.


What will you do about residents who already own handguns despite the
handgun ban?

The District government will establish an amnesty program under which they
can register their handguns without fear of prosecution for having possessed
a handgun in violation of District law. Of course, the program will not
protect anyone who committed a separate crime under District or Federal law
with that handgun.


Can people register as many handguns as they like?

The forthcoming regulations to be issued by the Metropolitan Police
Department will answer questions such as how many weapons residents can
register, and will likely limit registrants at least initially to one
handgun each.


Under existing law can District residents use properly registered firearms
in lawful self-defense in their homes?



How does one go about registering a firearm?

For the specific details on how to register a firearm, residents should
contact the Firearms Registration Section of the Metropolitan Police
Department at (202) 727-9490 or visit the Department's website at