Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) praised passage of legislation this morning that will uphold the Second Amendment rights of citizens living in the District of Columbia and will strengthen the ability of D.C. residents to purchase and own a firearm in the District.
"This past June in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutional right of Americans to purchase and own a firearm. For too long, the residents of the District of Columbia were denied their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, and I was extremely pleased that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of freedom.
"Unfortunately, after the Heller decision, the D.C. City Council enacted severe regulations on purchasing and owning a firearm within the District. These regulations included strict registration and ballistics testing requirements, prohibitions on purchasing handguns outside of the District, and requiring residents to purchase a firearm only from a licensed D.C. firearms dealer - even though there are no gun shops in D.C.
"Congress' action this morning will ensure that freedom and individual liberty reign in our nation's capital. I strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill without delay."
Mack is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. He signed an amicus brief in support of Heller last January. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 861, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, and H.R. 6691, the substance of which was included in the bill passed last night.
Specifically, the National Capital Security and Safety Act, as amended and passed by the House of Representatives this morning, would:
- Repeal D.C.'s ban on semi-automatic handguns and handgun ammunition;
- Repeal D.C.'s requirement that firearms be unloaded, disassembled, or secured with a trigger lock in the home;
- Repeal D.C.'s current registration system, which requires multiple trips to the police department for ballistic testing, fingerprinting, passing a written exam, and limiting registration to one handgun per 90 days;
- And create an exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales by allowing D.C. residents to purchase firearms in Virginia and Maryland.