BREAKING: House of Representatives Votes to Block Virtually ALL of Washington DC’s Gun Laws
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The House of Representatives today voted in favor of Washington DC gun owners.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) today offered an amendment to the House Spending Bill today that would essentially defund all gun control efforts in the nation’s capital.
The amendment reads as follows,
None of the funds made available by this Act, including amounts made available under titles IV or VIII, may be used by any authority of government of the District of Columbia to enforce any provisions of the Firearms Registration Amendment Act of 2008 (D.C. Law 17-372), the Inoperable Pistol Amendment Act of 2008 (D.C. Law 17-388) the Firearms Amendment Act of 2008 (D.C. Law 19-170) or the Administrative Disposition for Weapons Offenses Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Law 19-295).
The amendment was passed by a voice vote and Rep. Massie called for a roll call vote that has yet to be taken/tallied.
Massie issued a statement about the amendment, in which he is quoted as saying,
“Criminals by definition don’t care about laws. They will get guns any way they can,” said Rep. Massie. “Strict gun control laws do nothing but prevent good people from being able to protect themselves and their families in the event of a robbery, home invasion, or other crime. Studies indicate that murder rates rise following bans on firearms.”
This would leave only federal law to control guns in DC. DC has among the strictest gun laws in the nation. Until recently, guns were essentially outlawed there, but new laws do technically allow for gun ownership, although the requirements are so strict they ensure that virtually no ordinary citizens will be able to meet them.
We’ll have to see what the Senate does with the spending bill and this amendment.