DC gun laws under attack
Whether or not you believe an individual has the right to own and possess a gun, there are multiple jurisdictions around the country that have established regulations that limit gun possession and distribution within the jurisdiction. The courts have ruled some bans unconstitutional, others have been upheld.
As a result of one of these local decisions, just a few weeks ago, the NRA announced a decision to move its planned 2007 convention from Columbus, Ohio.
Washington, D.C. is home to some of the most restrictive local gun control laws in the nation. The DC City Council and the Mayor are unanimously opposed to revising or relaxing the city’s gun laws.
Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal one of the District's gun restrictions. The federal legislation would allow residents to keep in their homes loaded and assembled rifles and shotguns, as well as handguns purchased before 1976, loaded and assembled.
The effort by Congress to override the city’s regulations is outrageous, especially as the City does not have a vote in congress. The small, but growing, number of advocates in the city seeking a repeal of the District’s gun laws should appeal to their representatives on the city council. And, Congress should treat Washington, D.C. as it does every other local jurisdiction in the nation – with a hands off approach.