This is a discussion on DC City Council Ignoring Supreme Court Ruling within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Monday, July 28, 2008 In open defiance of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Washington D.C. gun control law, the City Council passed an"emergency" ...
Monday, July 28, 2008
In open defiance of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Washington D.C. gun control law, the City Council passed an"emergency" law that keeps in place almost all of the law that was ruled unconstitutional.
For example, though the Court ruled specifically that the city's ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment, most handguns still cannot be registered because D.C. bureaucrats classify semi-automatic pistols as "machine guns."
Even Dick Heller, who brought the case against Washington's gun ban, was rejected when he tried to register his handgun because any"bottom loading" firearm is a "machine gun" according to the D.C.police.
Similarly, while the Court found that "the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a "trigger lock" is unconstitutional, the city kept in place the "lock up your safety" law unless the resident is in immediate danger.
The D.C. Council is thus rendering the Supreme Court victory for gun rights meaningless, while leaving residents defenseless.
Congress needs to repeal the District's gun control law to ensure that the Supreme Court decision is not a hollow victory.
According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the authority and responsibility to govern the District. It can simply repeal the District's onerous gun law.
Not surprisingly, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has no intention of allowing the D.C. gun ban repeal legislation to come to the floor, even though it is cosponsored by more than half of the members of Congress.
To free the bill from the Speaker's death grip, Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) has filed a discharge petition to bring the bill directly to the floor. Rep. Souder needs 218 cosigners for the petition to be successful. There are currently 109 signers.
There are not many days left in this legislative session, so it is vital that the discharge petition moves quickly. Please contact your representative and urge him or her to support the repeal of the D.C. gun ban and to sign the Souder discharge petition. You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at GOA Legislative Action Center to send your Reps. the pre-written e-mail message below.
----- Pre-written letter -----
The Washington, D.C. city council is making a mockery of the recent Supreme Court decision supporting the individual right to keep and bear arms.
Though the Court ruled the city's handgun ban unconstitutional, DC is still making it illegal to own most handguns. The Court also ruled that the District's gun lock and gun storage law violates the Constitution, but under the city's new "emergency" gun law, firearms must be kept inoperable unless there is an immediate danger to residents.
Representative Mark Souder has filed a discharge petition to bring a billto repeal the District's gun laws to the floor for a vote.
Please stand up for the Second Amendment and sign the Souder discharge petition.
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place
Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Gun Owners of America
Better to die on your feet, than to live on your knees.
E-mailed my rep!
Safe and sane shooting everyone,
Email them.... Tiahart, had it on his site and saying he had already signed it.
Good for him, and he's from our small town.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
Certified Glock Armorer
NRA Life Member
I wonder how DC gets away with issuing machine guns (by their definition), as the standard service weapon to their officers?
Sorry....I forgot, they are the elite so they are above their own laws!
Can I purchase my own service weapon?
MPD issues either the Glock Model 17 or 19 to MPD members assigned to patrol duties. However, members at the rank of lieutenant or above may carry the smaller Glock Model 26 as their department-issued service pistol. In addition, members may purchase the Glock Models 17,19 or 26 as their off-duty firearm; however, this firearm must be used solely as their off-duty weapon while the department-issued firearm must be used as their on-duty weapon.
Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.
NRA Life Member
Forget the stupid petitions!
Some DC council members need to be brought up on charges of Federal civil rights violations.
When folks start going to jail for defying Supreme Court decisions, then things will change.
P.S. Someone should call out the ACLU on this one.
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