Congresswoman defends DC gun laws

Congresswoman defends DC gun laws
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The congresswoman who represents Washington, D.C., is vehemently opposing Republican legislation that would weaken gun laws in the nation’s capitol. 

The Second Amendment Enforcement Act introduced last week by Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWith no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder Dem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing MORE (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) would beat down many of the hurdles to gun ownership in the District. But the plan is already meeting stiff resistance on the left.

The White House and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) have both expressed grave concerns about the gun bill.

Norton accused the Republican lawmakers of "bullying” the city, which has no voting members of Congress.

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One of the bill’s provisions would create a loophole for gun owners to carry firearms into buildings in the District, Norton pointed out, even though guns are prohibited in federal buildings in these lawmakers’ home states.

She called it “hypocrisy” and suggested the members should focus on loosening gun laws in their own states before doing so in Washington, D.C.

“Senator Rubio and Representative Jordan claim to profess a desire to allow District residents to protect themselves, but they have completely ignored the fact that their constituents are prohibited from bringing a firearm into federal buildings in their home states,” Norton said in a statement.

"If Senator Rubio and Representative Jordan are concerned about the reach of the Second Amendment in the United States, there are many opportunities in the federal sector where current law bans their own constituents from possessing guns,” she added. "Rather than infringe on the democratic rights of the 650,000 District of Columbia residents, I urge them to turn their attention to the federal ban on guns in federal facilities.”

But the Republicans suggest the gun laws in Washington, D.C., are unconstitutional.

“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,” Rubio said last week in a statement.