D.C.’s delegate to Congress wants Republicans to withdraw bills to roll back the District’s strict gun laws after the registration requirements were upheld yesterday in a federal district court ruling.
“The people of this city, acting through their elected representatives, have sought to combat gun violence and promote public safety. The court finds that they have done so in a constitutionally permissible manner,” U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in the latest challenge brought by Dick Heller.
The ruling follows a federal appellate court decision to uphold D.C.’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
“The District’s new gun laws keep winning in court, even though they are strong gun safety laws in keeping with the needs of a big, complicated city and our role as the nation’s capital with many high-level officials and visitors from all over the country and the world,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). “It’s time for Representatives Jordan and Gingrey to finally recognize that their D.C. gun bills violate their own stated principles of local control of local affairs.”
“Republicans fight every day to reduce the power of the federal government and devolve power to the states and localities,” she added. “When it comes to the District’s local laws, however, their hypocrisy knows no bounds.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey’s (R-Ga.) bill would express the sense of Congress that active duty military personnel in their private capacity should be exempt from the gun safety laws of the District of Columbia.
Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) bill repeals the registration requirement for possession of firearms and requirement that licensed firearms dealers keep records of ammunition received into inventory and ammunition sold or transferred. It maintains the current ban on the possession and control of a sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, or short-barreled rifle.