McCain, Tester plan Senate bill to repeal most D.C. gun laws
Two U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that would repeal most of the District's gun laws and restrict the D.C. Council from regulating firearms.
The bill comes one week after District officials dropped efforts to secure a voting member in the House because of similar pro-gun language attached to the voting rights legislation.
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the bill's sponsors, say the measure is intended to ensure that the District has complied with a 2008 landmark Supreme Court decision.
But Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop the Violence, said the legislation fails to recognize that the D.C. Council passed new laws last year to comply with the decision, which have been upheld by a federal judge. The city has already repealed the ban on semi-automatic weapons and allows residents to keep loaded guns in their homes.
Ann E. Marimow
April 27, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
Categories: Ann E. Marimow , Gun Ban Case | Tags: Council of the District of Columbia, D.C. Council, John McCain
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