Possession of any firearm or ammunition for one is still illegal in DC, with the exception of those few which are registered to residents.
So I took a few pictures and waited to see what the news would say this morning.
According to WTOP:
WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a man after searching his vehicle near the U.S. Capitol.
Capitol Police say 49-year-old Timothy Whitfield of Long Beach, California had two long rifles, three handguns and a sword in his sport utility vehicle that was stopped after 3 p.m. Tuesday at 3rd street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Whitfield was interviewed by police and then arrested.
The charges include carrying a pistol without a license, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of an unregistered firearm. The charges are still pending.
Schneider says the vehicle has been cleared and police found no hazardous items. Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st and 4th streets has reopened.
So here are my pics. (Click on them to make them larger.) Note the fact that the police have every single item out of the car, each set up with a little number placard.
I love the US Capitol Police--I really do--but guys, any other police department would have just taken the car somewhere to do that instead of doing it right out in the middle of the street. And was the crime scene tape and number placards really necessary? It's just an inventory search, guys. I know that you're bored and want to play with all the police stuff that Congress gave you the money for, but come on...