Today, Congressman Walz voted to defend the Second Amendment right of every citizen to bear arms. Walz voted for the National Capital Security and Safety Act after certain provisions were adopted that will bring Washington, D.C. into compliance with the Supreme Court's decision in Heller v. District of Columbia. Earlier this year, Congressman Tim Walz also signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in the Heller case, in which he supported the right of citizens to bear arms. The National Capital Security and Safety Act passed the House today by a vote of 266 to 152
"Gun ownership is a basic right in America, not to be infringed upon by anyone or any government entity," said Walz, an avid hunter and member of Pheasants Forever. "This legislation will amend the Washington, D.C. gun law to reinstate the rights of Washington residents to legally purchase guns from a federally licensed dealer. It also restores their right to defend themselves in their homes."
Walz concluded, "As someone who works in Washington, D.C. when the Congress is in session, I am proud to cast my vote to defend the right guaranteed in the Second Amendment."