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D.C. Vote Leader Slams Pelosi, House

The head of D.C. Vote is outraged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may allow a vote on a bill that would "repeal the district's ban on semi-automatic pistols, the requirement that handguns be registered, and allow District residents from traveling to Virginia or Maryland to buy guns," as the Hill newspaper reported today.

Ilir Zherka, D.C. Vote executive director, said in a statement: "It is an outrage that members of the House are trying to impose their will on DC residents by bypassing the local democratic process. Not one of these members would ever allow Congress to interfere with their local governments back in their congressional districts.

"Washington, DC, is home to more than half a million, tax-paying Americans who are entitled, like every other American, to elect officials who act in their interest and write local laws. What some members of Congress are attempting to do shows disdain for the rights of Washingtonians. Congress should reject efforts to curry favor with gun rights advocates who are willing to put the lives and safety of DC residents at risk.

"Ironically, while some in the House attempt to gut DC's democracy, a bill to give DC a vote in Congress is languishing on the Senate floor. DC Vote is already working with our coalition partners to implement a very public demonstration of our opposition through rallies, call-in days and media outreach."

By David A Nakamura  |  August 1, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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