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The D.C. Council is looking to smooth the process for registering a gun in the District. What's up with that? "I'm a believer that people should not be carrying guns unless it is absolutely necessary. They should be making the regulations stricter." Miriam Ganem, 23, Columbia Heights, non-profit organization

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The D.C. Council is looking to smooth the process for registering a gun in the District. What's up with that? "I think they should be making it harder because too many innocent people are getting killed, especially children and bystanders. I hate to hear about that." Alex Shelman, 49, Northwest, unemployed veteran

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The D.C. Council is looking to smooth the process for registering a gun in the District. What's up with that? "I can see both sides: It's good for people who want a gun for protection and for people who want to use a gun for sport. I'd want to know how long does the process take under the existing laws. How onerous is it to go through a vision test, and what is the rationale behind expediting the process?" Anne Marie Pippin, 31, Columbia Heights, finance 

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Edward Williams talks with Ward 5 D.C. Council candidate Delano Hunter (right), who is among the 16 hopefuls running for the vacated seat of Harry Thomas Jr. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Political signs on Rhode Island Avenue Northeast are too big to be overlooked Tuesday by a pedestrian. Ward 5 D.C. Council candidates Shelly Gardner and Wilson Boston are among the 16 hopefuls running for the vacated seat of Harry Thomas Jr. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Ellen London, president and CEO of the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the company through which former D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas allegedly funneled money, told the D.C. Council that she doesn't want to see children caught as the collateral damage due to Mr. Thomas' questionable actions when she testified at a performance oversight hearing on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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GAME OVER: In a letter to the D.C. Council, Mayor Vincent C. Gray supported repeal of iGaming and called for transparency in any rebid. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Derek Ford, left, campaign treasurer for D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander, confers with the campaign's attorney, David Wilmot, during a D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics hearing Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (left) and Aaron DeNu (right) announce the proclamation declaring Thursday as "Potomac Phil Day" before Potomac Phil — a stuffed, mounted groundhog — "predicts" the weather during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The woodchuck predicted six more weeks of winter. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Mike Silverstein (in Steelers cap), Andy Klingenstein (second from left), Will Stephens (third from left), D.C. Council member Jack Evans (fourth from left), Aaron DeNu (third from right), Andrew Huff (second from right) and Kevin O'Connor pretend to listen for the "predictions" of Potomac Phil during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (left) and Aaron DeNu (right) announce the proclamation of Tuesday as "Potomac Phil Day" as a stuffed, mounted groundhog named "Potomac Phil" is introduced to offer his weather and political predictions during the inaugural Groundhog Day event at Dupont Circle in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A public-private trust at the center of former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s theft scandal gave more than $100,000 to groups not registered as nonprofits and others not in city records. (The Washington Times)

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D.C Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announces the results of the city's 2011 audit during a press conference at the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, left, and Natwar M. Gandhi, chief financial officer of the District, sit behind a chart showing the history of the District's surplus and bond rating. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (left) and D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (right) head to vehicles outside the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (center) arrives with D.C. Council member David Catania (right) and other D.C. representatives at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, to advocate for D.C. statehood. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, a constitutional scholar, refers to a copy of the U.S. Constitution while advocating for D.C. statehood in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs at the New Hampshire Statehouse. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (from left) and D.C. Council members David Catania, Michael A. Brown and Vincent Orange stand for the Pledge of Allegiance before advocating for D.C. statehood in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (second from left) and D.C. Council member Mary Cheh talk beside D.C. Vote Executive Director Ilir Zherka (right) at the New Hampshire Statehouse before delivering testimony to New Hampshire representatives to advocate for D.C. statehood. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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