House of Representatives
Votes to Repeal District of Columbia's Gun Laws
U.S. House of Representatives today passed a National Rifle Association-backed
bill sponsored by Representative Travis Childers (D-MS) that would virtually
wipe out any regulation of guns by the District of Columbia, endangering
citizens, visitors, and public officials while adversely impacting the
ability of law enforcement to stop crime and prevent terrorism.
The NRA bill was offered
as a substitute to legislation (H.R. 6842) proposed by Delegate Eleanor
Holmes Norton (D-DC) that would have instructed the District to implement
a firearms law that complies with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision
in District of Columbia v. Heller "in a manner that protects the
security interests of the Federal government and the people who work in,
reside in, or visit the District of Columbia and does not undermine the
efforts of law enforcement, homeland security, and military officials
to protect the Nation's capital from crime and terrorism." The Norton
bill would have allowed DC residents and officials to have a say in how
the District of Columbia regulates guns within its borders.
VPC Legislative Director
Kristen Rand states, "This NRA-backed bill repealing DC's gun laws serves
only the political interests of the gun lobby and the profit motives of
the gun industry. Make no mistake, such a radical reversal of DC's gun
policy will cost lives."
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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