Friday, February 27, 2009

U.S. Senate Votes to Uphold Second Amendment

Fairfax, Va. - The United States Senate has voted, with overwhelming bipartisan support, to adopt an amendment offered by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) that seeks to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens in the District of Columbia. The amendment, attached to S.160, the D.C. Voting Rights Act, will repeal restrictive gun control laws passed by the District of Columbia's (D.C.) city council after the landmark D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court decision. The vote margin was 62-36.

"Today's vote brings us one step closer to restoring the Second Amendment freedom of law-abiding D.C. residents," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "It's ludicrous that good people in our nation's capital continue to be harassed as they try to defend themselves and their loved ones in their own homes. This vote reinforces the historic Heller ruling."

After the Heller ruling, the D.C. city council passed a law requiring would-be gun owners to pay a registration fee, pass a 20-question multiple choice test, take a five-hour training course, undergo an invasive background check every six years, re-register any firearm every three years, and finally, submit all handguns for ballistics testing. Current D.C. law also bans an overwhelming majority of firearms commonly used for self-defense. This Ensign Amendment would also remedy that unjust practice.

"NRA would like to thank the lead sponsor, Sen. John Ensign for his efforts to reform D.C.'s gun laws and enable folks to protect their property and their loved ones," concluded Cox. "It's time for leaders in Washington to wake up to the fact that the Supreme Court decision is now the law of the land."



Chester Peake said...

Now, can they do that for Maryland?

Anonymous said...

I think that vandalism of the American flag is offensive.

Anyone else?

Daniel said...

I think that vandalism of anyone else is offensive - and a crime.

peterk said...

Less gun control equals a safer country?

There are about 30,000 gun deaths annually in the USA. In the UK last year there were 42. Guess which country has stricter gun control?

streiff said...

other than your data being 125% of the actual your position, evidently based upon some sort of hostility to our form of government, doesn't make much sense.

Automobiles kill substantially more people each year than do firearms. So your objection seems to be rooted much more in an advocacy for an unarmed, cowed, defenseless populace than anything else.