DC Vote Responds to Proposed Legislation on DC Gun Control
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April 27, 2010
Washington, DC - Today Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Tester (D-MT) announced their plans to introduce legislation that would, among other things, repeal the DC Semiautomatic Ban, repeal DC's storage law, absolve the ability for residential or commercial building owners in the District to prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms by tenants, allow DC residents to purchase guns in Maryland or Virginia and eliminate DC's firearm registration system.
The following statement from Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director, can be quoted in full or in part:
"This legislation is a prime example of why we need voting rights in DC - to prevent intrusions such as this. After the DC Voting Rights Act was pulled from the House floor last week because of overreaching additions by the National Rifle Association to the Ensign Amendment, we became more resolved than ever to fight for the rights District residents so greatly deserve.
We've called on President Obama to state publicly that he will veto any bill that contains or has a DC gun amendment attached to it. We've asked him to take a stand against the insane idea that Congress can impose its will whenever it wants against the residents of the nation's capital."