Smackdown on DC's "gun games"?
The Washington Post reported, "Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have agreed to allow a vote next month on a bill that would end local handgun control in the District [of Columbia]."
The bill would allow district "residents to own handguns without registering them with the D.C. police department, provided they meet federal requirements for firearms ownership."
Current requirement for trigger locks or disassembly of handguns would also be lifted, as would the district’s ban on semiautomatic handguns.
"The legislation also would allow D.C. residents to buy and take delivery of handguns in Virginia and Maryland," the paper said.
One of the bill’s co-sponsors is Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., who told the Post the District of Columbia has "basically thumbed its nose" at the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision declaring the district’s handgun ban unconstitutional by enacting such restrictive regulations on handgun ownership.
If the legislation fails, Altmire added, "At least we, as people who are accountable to our constituents, can go back home and talk about what we did on the issue."
— Brian McCombie