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Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cab Drivers Shouldn't Carry Concealed Weapons, D.C. Police Chief Says in October, changes in November


FILE In this Nov. 30, 2010 file photo, Washington Police Chief
Cathy Lanier speaks at the National Press Club in Washington.
 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says taxi drivers should be
banned from carrying concealed handguns.
Lanier  made the recommendation during a hearing on a bill
that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors
to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly
40 years.
At Lanier's urging, the bill also includes restrictions on
carrying guns near dignitaries or at high-profile events. But
she says carrying a weapon should be  restricted areas
where carrying a weapon would be prohibited to the grounds
and parking lots surrounding government buildings.
The bill has widespread support from the District's political
leaders, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray has already
signed a temporary version. But Thursday marks the first
public hearing on the bill. Advocates for gun rights and gun
control are also scheduled to testify.
Gun-rights advocates say the bill doesn't fully comply with the
Second Amendment because it requires people to show a
reason why they need to carry a gun for self-defense.

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