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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Amendment Protecting Active Duty Military From DC Gun Laws

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence sent this email today regarding Representative Phil Gingrey's (R-GA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2012 (H.R. 4310) that would protect our nation's active duty military personnel from the District of Columbia's draconian gun ban laws.

Eleanor Holmes-Norton, DC's elected non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives ( as a non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Norton may serve on committees, as well as speak on the House floor; however, she is not permitted to vote on the final passage of any legislation), is quoted in the email decrying that pro-rights congressmen who espouse federalism seem to only do so until it includes the borders of DC.

According to D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, "Like the upcoming D.C. abortion ban hearing, the Gingrey Amendment reminds us that many Republican who claim to support federalism leave their principles at the District's borders ... Republicans have spent a week bullying D.C. instead of focusing on jobs."
Just a reminder Ms. Norton, federalism describes the relationship between the states and the federal government.  As much as you may wish otherwise, the District of Columbia is a not a state, and Congress has oversight power over the District. If DC was not so intent on making it almost impossible for residents to own firearms after their ban was ruled unconstitutional, maybe this amendment would not be necessary.  But the story below probably has more to do with Rep. Gingreay's amendment than anything else. And these laws are not even understood by the Metro Police.

Representative Gingrey's amendment is scheduled to be voted on today.  Urge your congressman to support the amendment.

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