Gore Calls for Trigger Locks After Shooting in City Banning Guns

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore called for tighter gun-control laws on Monday within hours of a gun fight at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington where prohibitions against hand guns have been in place for the past 24 years.

"We really have to have mandatory child-safety trigger locks, and photo license IDs for the purchase of new handguns," Gore said during a political fund-raiser in New York City after informing the audience of the tragedy.

Seven students were injured in the incident and police believe the shooting was spawned by an argument between rival youth groups attending an annual event known as African-American Family Day.

"We are looking into the possibility that it is gang-related, but we are not certain," Washington, D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey told CNSNews.com.

But the shootings took place in the nation's capitol where, 24 years ago, District officials outlawed the sale of new handguns and prohibited anyone from bringing a handgun into the District or transporting a handgun through the city.

The District's gun laws, which in many cases are more restrictive than federal firearm laws, provide for additional sentencing for anyone who commits a violent crime "when armed with or having readily available any pistol or other firearm (or imitation thereof)". It is also illegal to possess a firearm, real or imitation, with intent to use it unlawfully against another person.

It is also against District law to carry a firearm within a thousand feet of a public or private day care center, elementary school, vocational school, secondary school, college, junior college, or university, or any public swimming pool, playground, video arcade, or youth center, or events sponsored by those agencies.

District residents are required to register their firearms with local police and are prohibited from borrowing, loaning, giving or renting another person's firearms.