Thursday, September 11, 2008

Congress to Vote on DC Gun Ban Repeal!

If you’ve been following the post Heller aftermath, then you’re aware that it’s “business as usual” in DC. While their ban was struck down, the District’s “interpretation” of that ruling is such that for all intents and purposes, the ban remains in effect. Both the Mayor’s office and the Police Department are in clear collusion to deny the citizens their rights affirmed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Gun Owners of America sums up the situation:

“…the city council has thumbed its nose at the Court's ruling and has redrafted its registration law to impose a burdensome 12-step process that, as summarized in one legislative report, involves "multiple trips to gun dealers and government offices, fingerprinting, a written exam, and ballistic testing."

“At a minimum, some officers believe this process will take 14 days. But a more realistic assessment was offered by DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier who said the process "could take months."”

While previous reports indicate that the District is being taken back to court, but now comes information that there may be a legislative solution. According to a recent email alert, the House of Representatives is set to vote on HR 6691 – which would effectively repeal the DC gun ban. The bill was introduced by Travis Childers (D-MS) and it would remove the semi-automatic pistol and rifle ban and registration requirements. It would also remove the mandatory trigger lock provision.

According to The Washington Post:

"Although the bill is expected to pass in the House, possibly as soon as this week, its fate is less clear in the Senate. It has won the backing of 48 [House] Democrats, many facing reelection in strongly pro-gun areas, and is expected to pick up broad support among Republicans."

And therein lays the rub. This bill will allow the pro-gun Democrats in the House to vote for a pro-Second Amendment bill in this important election year but the Democratic leadership can potentially kill the bill in the Senate to appease those that take a view more in line with the official anti-Second Amendment party platform (detailed in a previous blog).

There’s an easy way to make this tactic backfire on the anti-Civil Rights factions in the Democratic Party – urge your senator to vote YES on the Senate version of this bill. Contact information is available on the Gun Owners of America activism website. I urge everyone to contact their Senators on this vitally important bill!

Until next time!

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