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.
For the District, the legislation could amount to the most serious challenge to local governance in years. For three decades, the District’s liberal Democratic leadership prohibited any gun ownership in the city. The Supreme Court struck down that law in 2008.