A bill to provide the residents of Washington D.C. with a voting representative in the House was passed by the Senate this month, but is on hold in House. The reason? The Senate bill also includes an amendment which repeals many of the capital city’s gun laws, and the House hopes to pass the bill, minus the gun amendment.Back on June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the District’s handgun ban and finally established that the Constitution’s Second Amendment gives individuals the right to keep guns in their home for self-defense. However, the city enacted another gun control law shortly after the high court’s ruling. This new law allows gun ownership, but requires residents to obtain a city-issued handgun permit. In order to get a permit, the prospective gun owner must pass a written test, a vision exam, submit the weapon for ballistic testing and provide proof of residency. If these restrictions were put on any other constitutional right, like say voting, they would be declared unconstitutional very quickly. After obtaining a permit, the gun owner must keep the weapon unloaded, and disassembled or secured with a trigger lock, unless they face a “threat of immediate harm.”The new gun… Read full this story
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