Activists seeking greater autonomy for the District of Columbia are planning to drop in on members of Congress they accuse of improper meddling in local affairs.
The nonprofit D.C. Vote is organizing the protests on Wednesday. Among the senators the group plans to visit are Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. Cruz is running for president, and Rubio is considered a likely candidate.
In the course of eight days, two Senate Republicans eyeing the presidency introduced measures to strike down District of Columbia laws, causing local officials and activists to accuse them of using the District for their own political gain.
Group Will Object to Members Using DC Residents as Political Pawns
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 A.M – 11:00 A.M
WHERE: Office of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), 284 Senate Russell Building. We will move from Sen. Rubio’s office to the offices of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) 185 Dirksen and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) B40C Senate Dirksen Building. We will then proceed to the office of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) 1524 Longworth House Office Building.
Two lawmakers are proposing legislation that could drive a second amendment showdown in the District: They’re asking Congress to approve repealing D.C.’s gun laws.
“It’s the worst kind of bullying,” says Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton.
That’s how she characterizes the legislation proposed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to repeal D.C.’s strict gun control laws. Norton says it would put residents, dignitaries and visitors at risk.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a likely Republican presidential contender in 2016, introduced legislation Thursday to roll back restrictive gun laws in the District of Columbia, arguing that congressional intervention is needed to “correct” laws that violate the Second Amendment.
Courting the guns right lobby, Mr. Rubio attacked the city’s long history of upholding prohibitions that have prevented law-abiding citizens from owning and carrying firearms.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is cheering new Republican legislation that would make it easier for gun owners to obtain firearms in the nation's capitol.
The Second Amendment Enforcement Act introduced Thursday by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) would roll back many of the hurdles to gun ownership in Washington, D.C., and push back against some of the city's strict firearms laws.
Potential presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio has angered Democrats in the District of Columbia by introducing a bill to reverse tough gun laws in the city.
The Florida Republican claims that the current regulations violate the Second Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens from owning and carrying firearms, according to The Washington Times.
"For years, the District of Columbia has infringed on its residents' Second Amendment rights and rendered them vulnerable to criminals who could care less what the gun laws are," said Rubio.
DC Vote executive director Kimberly Perry issued the following statement in response to Senator Rubio and Rep. Jordan's introduction of legislation attacking DC's local laws.
Two high-profile Republicans in Congress, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), have introduced legislation that would undo the District’s gun laws, which are among the strictest in the nation.
If embraced by Republican leaders of the House and Senate, the legislation could force a Second Amendment showdown with President Obama just two years after he failed an attempt to win stricter gun control laws nationwide.