Today the House passed legislation affecting gun ownership in the District of Columbia. U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported the National Capital Security and Safety Act (HR 6842) as originally introduced, but opposed the final bill after it was substantially altered by the Childers amendment:
"I strongly support the 2nd Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns.
"I supported the National Capital Security and Safety Act as originally written. This legislation instructed the District of Columbia to bring local law in line with the Supreme Court's decision. The District of Columbia must comply with the Court's decision to overturn the handgun ban.
"However, I believe that the Childers amendment oversteps congressional authority in dictating local law. The District of Columbia has the right of self-government and the authority to write its own local laws, as do cities across the country. Congress must respect that authority. It is the responsibility of the local government - not Congress -- to pass legislation necessary to comply with the Supreme Court's decision.
"I will continue working to ensure that law-abiding citizens have the right to bear arms, a right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution."