Town Danceboutique plans to return to D.C., this time inside a former church in NoMa. The trailblazing, two-level gay club closed at its original location in Shaw just over a year ago when the land it sat on was sold for $25 million.

Also, catch Loose Lips reporter Mitch Ryalson Kojo today at noon. He’ll be talking about why D.C.’s Department on Disability Services is terminating its 14-year partnership with Georgetown University.

THE NEWS: 

Everyone’s talking about “red flag” laws after the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. President Donald Trump backed the law on Monday and a few Republicans typically skittish of gun control measures followed suit. 

The District actually has a red flag law, or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) that allow, say, a family member to ask the D.C. Superior Court to remove a person’s gun due to mental health concerns. Thing is, no one has ever used it.

As of Monday, the court has not yet had any requests for an ERPO since the law took effect in January 2019, a spokesperson tells City Paper. Maryland, on the other hand, seized guns from 148 people within the first three months after the law was enacted.   

What’s going on? Advocates, councilmembers, and the police have some thoughts. Read the full story on our website.

One last thing: In Tuesday’s newsletter about the Turning Natural lawsuit, I incorrectly stated the Office of the Attorney General also sued KFC franchises. The case was actually a pre-suit settlement. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)  

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • The District’s publicly funded elections program is off to a great start: The Campaign Finance Office potentially gave one candidate some bad advice that led him to break the law. [WCP]

  • D.C. marks its 100th homicide after a man is fatally stabbed. [WUSA9]

  • Northern Virginia is set to get a federal facility to house unaccompanied migrant children. [WTOP]  

  • Trial starts for D.C. Catholic priest who allegedly groped and kissed two underage girls. [Post]     

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • D.C. is in danger of losing its halfway house, leaving men returning from prison without a place to live in the District. [Post]

  • Ads for an art exhibition on the immigration crisis now OK, Metro says. [WAMU]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser is still on about this free Circulator. [Twitter]

  • In which Councilmember Mary Cheh promotes riding bikes on the sidewalk. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Present Company from the team behind The Pub & The People opens Friday. [WCP]

  • Correction: The Uncaged Chefs pop-up is coming to the Fast Eddie’s in Camp Springs, Maryland, not K Street NW in D.C. [WCP]

  • A dinner series pairs single immigrants and Americans on blind dinner dates. [Washingtonian]

  • The P Street NW Whole Foods can’t sell alcohol until Aug. 9. [PoPville]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The National Portrait Gallery has acquired Beyoncé‘s stunning Vogue cover. [DCist]

  • Learn about beloved author Toni Morrison’s time at Howard. [WAMU]

  • And here’s where you can pay tribute to Morrison. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • With Wayne Rooney officially leaving after the MLS season, lots of changes could be in store for D.C. United this offseason. [WCP]

  • One of Maryland football’s biggest offensive weapons, wide receiver Jeshaun Jones, is out for the season after tearing his ACL during practice. [247Sports]

  • This is what the future of sports gambling looks like: The Washington football team will have a “Predict the Game” telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus for Thursday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. [Yahoo]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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