Washington D.C. Leaders Whine About the Fact That Congress Voted to Defund Their Gun Control Laws
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As we reported last week, the House, as part of a spending bill, approved an amendment that would prevent the Washington D.C. government from spending any money on enforcing their gun control laws. Congress technically has full control over the district, although day to day operations are delegated to the city government.
Now, D.C. leaders are speaking out about the fact that the House is attempting to exert their Constitutionally guaranteed powers over the district.
According to WJLA,
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District in Congress but cannot vote on the House floor, said the amendment “presents a clear and present danger” to residents and tourists.
Mayor Vincent Gray said it was “shameful” the city must constantly fight attempts by Congress to involve itself in local affairs.
“We’re not a toy. We’re not a pawn,” he said.
The amendment’s author Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is afraid Harry Reid will kill the amendment in the Senate (a likely outcome).
Until just a couple of years ago it was practically impossible to legally own firearms in D.C. However, those laws were found to be unconstitutional and the city was forced to put into place a method for residents to legally own firearms. The resulting licensing and registration system is so complex and time consuming that it still serves as an effective ban against ownership for many citizens.