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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 The city has already repealed the ban on semi-automatic weapons and allows residents to keep loaded guns in their homes.

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By 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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Don't these idiots care that people will die because of them trying to prove some ideological point?

Posted by: justin032 | April 27, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Justin - In case you haven't noticed, guns are practically illegal in DC as it is now and plenty of people are dying. Criminals don't care about gun laws...restrictive laws means that criminals will have plenty of unarmed victims to choose from.

In Austin TX is slightly larger than DC and has gun laws are very liberal. Yet in austin the murder rate per 100k people is about 3.0 a year. DC has extremely restrictive gun laws and the murder rate is about 24.0 per year...

Restrictive gun laws do nothing to prevent criminals from committing violent acts...

Posted by: mac03521 | April 27, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain get over it! You lost!!!! Your grumpy attitude makes you look even older.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 27, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The wild-wild West... Repugs are on a roll though. They will go to far, they always do.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 28, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of how you feel about this bill, my question is: What are two guys from Arizona and Montana doing introducing bills on behalf of the people of DC? Isn't this the party of "state rights?" Yet when it suits them, they will interfere with anyone's rights. It will never pass. Just grandstanding for dollars.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | April 28, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

"Criminals don't care about gun laws"

I never quite understood this argument. Criminals don't care about any laws - that's kind of the definition of "criminal". By that logic, why make bank robbery illegal - criminals will just ignore the laws.

I personally don't have any problem with law abiding non-felon, non-crazy people being able to own and carry licensed firearms. It's when organizations like the NRA push back against laws concerning registration, background checks, gun show loopholes, and preventing law enforcement from investigating across jurisdictions that get me steamed.

And I think you do need to draw the line somewhere: automatic weapons? Rocket Launchers? F-18's? Should all people have unlicensed access to all? Probably wise to set a reasonable limit somewhere.

Posted by: jeirvine | April 28, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Comparing AUSTIN to D.C.???

Just another racist begging for a discussion on 'demographics.

Ban guns and think of those who insist on breaking the law as sporting their 'identity card'.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | April 28, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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