According to Gun Owners of America, “In open defiance of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Washington D.C. gun control law, the City Council passed an ‘emergency’ law that keeps in place almost all of the law that was ruled unconstitutional. Even Dick Heller, who brought the case against Washington’s gun ban, was rejected when he tried to register his handgun because any ‘bottom loading’ firearm is a ‘machine gun’ according to the D.C. police.”
The message continues, “According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the authority and responsibility to govern the District. It can simply repeal the District’s onerous gun law. Not surprisingly, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has no intention of allowing the D.C. gun ban repeal legislation to come to the floor, even though it is cosponsored by more than half of the members of Congress.”
“To free the bill from the Speaker’s death grip, Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) has filed a discharge petition to bring the bill directly to the floor. Rep. Souder needs 218 cosigners for the petition to be successful. There are currently 109 signers. There are not many days left in this legislative session, so it is vital that the discharge petition moves quickly. Please contact your representative and urge him or her to support the repeal of the D.C. gun ban and to sign the Souder discharge petition. You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your Representatives a pre-written message on this issue.”
In related news, Dick Heller, et al., filed a complaint (For Declaratory Judgment, Injunctive Relief, and Writ of Mandamus) against the city today to force them to comply with the US Supreme Court ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller and to protect our individual rights such as the right to defend ourselves in our own homes. Mr. Heller is an RLC member who recently spoke to the first meeting of the Republican Liberty Caucus of DC.