DC Vote Responds to Latest Gun Bill Update
Speaker Pelosi Says She Opposes Bill But Will Allow a Vote
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August 1, 2008
Washington, DC - In an article today in The Hill, "Pelosi opposes gun bill but may allow vote", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she will allow a vote on a bill that would dictate DC's gun laws. The bill imposes gun legislation on the District and would override any legislation written by the locally-elected DC government. According to the article, supporters have a commitment for a vote by mid-September. The following statement from DC Vote Executive Director Ilir Zherka may be quoted in-part or in-full:
"It is an outrage that members of the House are trying to impose their will on DC residents by bypassing the local democratic process. Not one of these members would ever allow Congress to interfere with their local governments back in their congressional districts."
"Washington, DC, is home to more than half a million, tax-paying Americans who are entitled, like every other American, to elect officials who act in their interest and write local laws. What some members of Congress are attempting to do shows disdain for the rights of Washingtonians. Congress should reject efforts to curry favor with gun rights advocates who are willing to put the lives and safety of DC residents at risk."
"Ironically, while some in the House attempt to gut DC's democracy, a bill to give DC a vote in Congress is languishing on the Senate floor. DC Vote is already working with our coalition partners to implement a very public demonstration of our opposition through rallies, call-in days and media outreach."