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Vote React: Gray Hopeful on Bill, but Concerned About Guns

Yesterday's vote in the Senate for a bill to grant the District a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives--and its amendment stripping the city of its gun control legislation--has put D.C. in a challenging spot: Will winning a vote in Congress mean giving up legislative rights on guns?

Here is D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's take:

"I am pleased the Senate has given the residents of the District of Columbia another victory today in passing the D.C. House Voting Rights Act by a vote of 61 to 37. However, I am disappointed that the bill was passed with a dangerous amendment to repeal most of the city's gun laws.

"After the Heller Supreme Court case, the Council in collaboration with the Executive immediately crafted a comprehensive gun law that met the requirements of the court decision while attempting to preserve the safety and well being of our residents. Unfortunately, our efforts are facing a setback--albeit--hopefully, a temporary one.

"We are confident and hopeful, that as the vote bill makes its way through House and conference committee consideration, this unrelated and unnecessary amendment will be dropped. Not only in the name of protecting D.C. citizens, but also in the spirit of home rule that dictates representatives, duly elected by voters of the District of Columbia, have the democratic right to make laws in the best interest of the residents they serve, just like lawmakers in every other American jurisdiction.

"For now, we are delighted that the District of Columbia is one step closer to ending taxation without representation!"

By Marcia Davis  |  February 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Voting Rights  
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The elected representatives of the district do NOT have the right to strip residents of their constitutionally guaranteed liberties. (no elected official has the right to do this). It seems to me that those who want a vote in Congress but not a repeal of draconian gun laws seem to think they can take only the parts of the Constitution that they like.

Posted by: benminer | March 1, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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