H.R. 6691 To Correct DCs NonCompliance
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Last week, Democratic congressmen who realized they were from conservative districts basically created a cram-down measure to - ...
August 5th, 2008 12:34 PM
H.R. 6691 To Correct DCs NonCompliance
From Jim Shepard at The Shooting Wire...
Last week, Democratic congressmen who realized they were from conservative districts basically created a cram-down measure to - you guessed it - repeal the DC ban on semiautomatic pistols. It would also repeal the requirement that handguns be registered and allow district residents to travel to Maryland or Virginia and purchase guns.
As I did correctly report, there are currently no registered gun shops in Washington. The one FFL-dealer operating in the district is in the process of recertifying with the ATF after relocating. He, however, had said he would only handle firearms transfers, and would not sell firearms to residents.
Ordinarily, I'd be praising the bill's lead sponsors. Since, however, they're from conservative districts, it's hard to praise Representatives Travis Childers (D-Miss), Jason Altmier (D-Pa) and Don Cazayoux (D-La) for recognizing that not taking action would make them vulnerable to NRA criticism.
The NRA, incidentally, had already threatened to include opposition to the proposed Congressional action to remove Washington's gun ban in their Congressional grading.
Losing an A-minus rating with the NRA is not good if you're vulnerable politically. To lose it because you've refused to uphold a Second Amendment issue in an area where you have legislative responsibility could spell the end of a political career.
So, the trio, along with about 50 other democratic co-sponsors, whipped up H.R. 6691, presented it to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) and let her know they needed action. Quickly.
After going on the record as opposing the measure to solidify her own political base, Speaker Pelosi said she would not block it from coming to the floor for a vote.
Sources tell me Representatives Dingell (D-Mich), Ross (D-Ark), and Tanner (D-Tenn) are the three who brokered the deal with the NRA. Washington political observers are reporting H.R. 6691's details were hammered out in a Thursday meeting between Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) and the lawmakers backing the bill.
At this point, it looks like a vote by mid-September is coming, barring some last-minute renege by the Democratic leadership.
H.R. 6691 contains four key elements:
the repeal of the ban on semiautomatic pistols in order to comply with the Supreme Court's Heller decision;
removal of the requirement that the firearm must be locked or disassembled in the home - the district's ordinance flies in the face of the point of Heller- the ability to defend your home in case of emergency;
an outright repeal of the District of Columbia's requirement that handguns and ammunition be registered; and
creation of a federal exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales by allowing residents to purchase handguns in Maryland and Virginia.
The proposal, however, doesn't mean Mayor Fenty or Police Chief Lanier will do anything to speed up the existing registration process. Chief Lanier admitted the process "might takes months for an individual"- and she wasn't apologizing with the observation.
It may serve notice, however, that while the Supreme Court might not take offense at the Mayor and the Chief thumbing their respective noses at the Court and its authority, those with ultimate authority over Washington have noticed. They aren't about to see their image as "conservative democrats" (and yes, I recognize the fact that is an accurate term) damaged in their home districts - or on the NRA's pre-election scorecards - certainly not when it is patently obvious the district authorities are outside the law -and the overall will of the citizenry.
And, let's not forget that Dick Heller's second lawsuit against the district is still in place. He's sued over the district's definition of what constitutes a machine gun, charging the language is so broad as to exclude a class of firearms. Firearms, the suit contends, that are "constitutionally protected."
Eventually, we may see "protected" "guaranteed" and "extended" in the present tense.
But I'm not betting it comes without continued litigation - and the continued spending of taxpayer's money on lawsuits that are, when boiled down to their essence, disingenuous bits of political grandstanding.
August 5th, 2008 01:30 PM
Regardless of what these politicians do they should be voted out of office. All politicians should respect the 2nd Amendment regardless of political affiliation. DC has no choice legally but to change it's gun laws. NYC should be next.
August 5th, 2008 03:29 PM
...and IL, then WI...
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