Paul takes aim at Washington gun law restrictions
© Francis Rivera

“For too long the Americans who live in and visit their nation’s capital have been prevented from defending themselves and their loved ones. No longer should our citizens have to choose between safety or visiting Washington, D.C.,” Paul said in a statement. 

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Paul's legislation would require the District of Columbia government to grant concealed carry permits to both district residents and non-residents and honor concealed carry licenses from other states. 

It would also allow for guns to be carried in public "non-sensitive" areas of federal property. 

Paul's legislation comes as the district's ban on carrying a concealed weapon is currently tied up in a months-long court battle. Earlier this year, a federal judge struck down a requirement that applicants for a permit be able to show a "good reason to fear injury" if they want to carry a concealed weapon.  

The proposal would also eliminate current D.C. laws that restrict gun or ammunition ownership. 

According to a Washington Post poll released earlier Thursday, 51 percent of District residents backed reinstating a ban on gun ownership that was previously stuck down in 2008. Forty-seven percent said they opposed reinstating the ban. 

Paul has previously taken aim at the district's gun laws. The Kentucky Republican pushed to revoke the gun registration requirement as part of a hunting and fishing bill last year.