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August 04, 2008

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Discussion Topic: Pro-Gun Dems And NRA Compromise On D.C. Gun Bill

From The Hill:

The bill, to be numbered H.R. 6691, would repeal the district’s ban on semi-automatic pistols, the requirement that handguns be registered, and allow District residents from traveling to Virginia or Maryland to buy guns. The District currently forbids importing guns, and there are no registered gun dealers with shops in Washington. . . .

Supporters are building on a June Supreme Court decision rejecting the District’s decades-old gun law as unconstitutional. They believe District officials, who disliked the ruling, were dragging their feet and failing to fully implement the ruling.

The Hill also reported that some “Republican leaders are angered that the NRA has been negotiating with Democrats rather than holding their feet to the fire.”

What do you think?

Comments

Andrew

The dems are going to be in power in the house and senate for at least 2 more years- so the NRA needs to deal with that reality. The only hope is a McCain win (I can't believe I am writing that) at least he will veto any gun bans.

jack

Here's a question for the lawyerly among us:

Supreme Court strikes DC gun law as unconstitutional. In my small mind, that suggests there is no law regarding firearms ownership, possession, transfer, etc. in DC. Does is not follow then, since the current law has been declared invalid, that there are no restrictions in place until a new conforming law is enacted? It seems the residents of DC can do as they damn please.

I know I am wrong - I just need someone to point out exactly where my mind has failed. Any takers?

Bob

"The Hill also reported that some “Republican leaders are angered that the NRA has been negotiating with Democrats rather than holding their feet to the fire.”

Proof that politicians are often more interested in the fight than the result...

Jason

I think the NRA is doing the right thing. If their can be common ground found with either party they should take it to advance our rights as gun owners.

Republicans have used single issues this to make the democrats look like they won't compromise at all to get things done when in fact they are the ones who are not willing to work with others.

Patrick

The NRA should be for gun rights, not Republican victory. Republicans had Congress and the Presidency for 6 years and never got around to changing DC's gun laws. They'd rather have the issue to rile up voters than actually change anything to help gun owners in DC.




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