House passes H.R. 6691


maestro pistolero
September 17, 2008, 03:13 PM
Can it really be true? I wonder if the Senate will jump on this and get it to Bush for a signature before November?

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BattleChimp Potemkin
September 17, 2008, 03:24 PM
Hope so, great that the house finally gets it.

September 17, 2008, 03:39 PM
Great to see true bipartisanship. :cool:

September 17, 2008, 03:43 PM
LOL its a self defense bill . I dont know if it will get to bush or not , but none the less DEMS can be seen as doing something about the travesty that was the DC response to heller . Some dems i am sure feel strongly about the issue , however many more just want the name on a " pro gun " bill that does little that the city councel of DC did not do last night in " emergency session " . Pardon me for being cynical , but since this is a " dem " bill well just what did the republicans trade off to allow it to be brought as such ? Dont get me wrong any freedom creeping into our nations capital is welcome by whatever means it sneaks in.

maestro pistolero
September 17, 2008, 07:28 PM
I'm sure some in congress feel a little more latitude to pass this, knowing that time is running out on the Senate actually doing anything with it before the end of their term.

If God, forbid, McCain is unsuccessful, the whole thing may be a moot point when Congress re-convenes.

Michael Thomson
September 17, 2008, 07:38 PM

D.C. Second Amendment Enforcement Act Passes House, Moves to Senate

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fairfax, VA - The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed “Second Amendment Enforcement Act” in an overwhelming bi-partisan vote of 266-152. The Act, passed as an amendment to H.R. 6842, will overturn the District of Columbia’s gun control restrictions that defy the recent Supreme Court ruling by continuing to limit D.C. residents’ right to self-defense. This bill is necessary to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.

Following passage, Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist remarked, “From the moment the Supreme Court overturned this failed gun ban, elitist politicians have sought to undermine the Court’s decision with bogus emergency regulations that all but stop residents from exercising their Second Amendment rights. NRA wants to make sure D.C. residents are able to protect themselves and their families.”

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled “the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense.”

A bi-partisan group of Congressmen introduced legislation this summer to force the D.C. Council into compliance with the Supreme Court after the council enacted ‘emergency’ gun-control restrictions on its residents after D.C.’s gun ban and self-defense ban were overturned.

The Second Amendment Enforcement Act will:

· Repeal the District’s ban on semi-automatic handguns. Semi-automatic pistols have been the most commonly purchased firearms in the United States over the last 20 years, and therefore a ban on those firearms is unconstitutional as decided by Heller;

· Restore the right of self-defense by repealing the requirement that firearms be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home;

· Reform the current D.C. registration system that requires multiple visits to police headquarters; ballistics testing; passing a written test on D.C. gun laws; fingerprinting; and limiting registration to one handgun per 90 days. The current system is unduly burdensome and serves as a vehicle for even more onerous restrictions; and

· Create a limited exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales by allowing D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Virginia and Maryland. Currently there is only one licensed firearm dealer in the District, and the District government is standing in the way of additional dealers opening their doors. A 40-year old federal law prohibits residents from purchasing handguns outside of the District.

“I’d like to thank Congressmen Travis Childers, John Dingell, John Tanner, Mike Ross, Mark Souder, Bill Sali and Robin Hayes for their leadership. NRA will continue our work to bring the Second Amendment to D.C. residents, but we call on the Senate now to take up this historic legislation,” concluded Cox. “The American people should know where their elected representatives stand on this critical civil rights legislation before the November elections.”


Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.

September 17, 2008, 08:45 PM
With the House's passage today of a bill supporting the District of Columbia's rights to ban guns
Wait, what?
I got this out of the OP's link, here:

Kind of Blued
September 17, 2008, 10:16 PM
"Critics, led by the District of Columbia's sole delegate to Congress, decried the action. They said the vote tramples on the district's right to govern itself and could endanger both residents and political dignitaries who often travel across the city."

...sounds like somebody doesn't understand how the Constitution and SCOTUS work... :neener:

September 17, 2008, 10:24 PM
...sounds like somebody doesn't understand how the Constitution and SCOTUS work...
Sounds like somebody doesn't realize that they aren't really a state, and that, technically, the Federal government can do with them as it will...

September 17, 2008, 10:30 PM
"As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Today's decision reinforces that if we act responsibly, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe."
Why do Socialists always talk about working together? WHY???
Do they have any sense of reality AT ALL!?!?

September 17, 2008, 11:18 PM
Don't get your hopes up. When passage of the bill by the House was reported on The Lehrer News Hour the last statement was that the Senate is not expected to act on the bill this year.

Gun Owners of America put out a "letter" a few days ago saying that passage by the House was very likely, but that was a Democrat strategy to let Dem House members tell their constituents they had voted FOR a gun bill, (ALL House seats are up for election every two years, remember?) and that the "fix" is on in the Senate, where Dem leadership will make sure it doesn't get to the floor.

September 18, 2008, 06:34 AM
Can it really be true? I wonder if the Senate will jump on this and get it to Bush for a signature before November?

George Bush can sign any bill up until inauguration on January 20, 2009

September 18, 2008, 02:01 PM
They said the vote tramples on the district's right to govern itself

Governments do not have rights, they have powers. Rights are inherent to our situation as free persons. Powers are granted to the government at the consent of, and for the benefit of, the governed.

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