Report dated July 26, 2007, message from the Mayor, Chief and Attorney General, Gun violence and recoveries in Washington, DC (2006)
Even though the District’s 2006 homicide rate reached a 20-year low, eighty-one percent (137) of the homicides in the District of Columbia in 2006 were committed with a gun. In fact, since 2000 more than 1,200 people have been killed with guns in the Nation’s Capital. Of those, over seventy were children.
At the close of 2006, the District’s firearm laws remained under attack. Parker vs. District of Columbia, a legal challenge to the District’s law limiting ownership of handguns, was pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Congress continued to threaten to repeal local laws limiting gun ownership. While fighting to preserve its existing laws, which are designed to protect public safety, the District also strengthened its laws by enacting a mandatory minimum for convicted felons in possession of a firearm.