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    Bills Introduced in Congress to Americanize D.C.’s Gun Laws

    In April, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon. Tester (D-Mont.), and Reps. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.), introduced the "Second Amendment Enforcement Act"-- S. 3265 with 14 co-sponsors and H.R. 5162 with 64 co-sponsors--to eliminate harsh gun control laws imposed by the District of Columbia after the Supreme Court`s decision in D.C. v. Heller (2008).
    "We believe that residents across this country should be able to exercise their constitutional right to have access to firearms to protect themselves," Sen. McCain said. Sen. Tester added, "This legislation sends a clear message: Washington, D.C., isn`t an exception when it comes to law-abiding folks and their Second Amendment rights." Rep. Childers noted, "Today`s legislation seeks to secure for District residents the rights reinforced by the Supreme Court`s decision inHeller."

    The bills will move the city`s gun laws away from their European (and worse) model and closer to the mainstream laws in place in most of America. For example, they will abolish the city`s intentionally difficult and costly firearm registration requirement, its restrictions on carrying a gun for protection on private property, its post-Heller ban on hundreds of types of semi-automatic firearms denigrated as "assault weapons," its ban on standard defensive magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and its California-style "microstamping" law and handgun "roster" system.

    Anticipating that the D.C. Council will try to suppress gun ownership by preventing dealers from conducting business in the city, the bills provide for D.C. residents to buy handguns from firearm dealers in Maryland and Virginia, and prescribe reasonable conditions for the lawful transportation of firearms within the city.

    Because D.C. officials have demonstrated hostility toward the Second Amendment--imposing a "microstamping" law, "assault weapon" ban, ban on magazines holding over 10 rounds, and "unsafe handgun" ban (which the city modified after the ban was challenged in court)--the bills prohibit the city from enacting new laws designed to thwart the exercise of the right to arms.

    The NRA supports the bills and its chief lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, said that NRA "remains committed to restoring the right to self-defense for law-abiding citizens in Washington, D.C., by whatever legal or legislative means necessary."

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    Mike wrote:
    The bills will move the city`s gun laws away from their European (and worse) model and closer to the mainstream laws in place in most of America. [Numerous examples of DC infringement on the 2A deleted.]
    Why doesn't Congress just implement completefirearms regulation preemption overDC, like many states do over their lower levels of government? This piecemeal approach ofaddressing each 2A infringement that the DC council thinks up, as they happen, seems inefficient and allows DC to just continuously harass LACs without end.
    "The principle of self-defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi . . ."--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

    He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honor by non-violently facing death, may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden.--M. K. Gandhi

    "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." --M. K. Gandhi

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    at least its a step in the right direction (although i do agree with you). Either way they're chipping away at it slowly.

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    I wonder if it would be helpful to ask my Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor. I'm actually a little surprised that he didn't already. (Wittman, VA-1)


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