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Graves Votes to Protect 2nd Amendment Rights

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves voted this week to restore Washington D.C. gun owners' rights. The legislation prohibits the D.C. Council, mayor, and government from preventing law-abiding citizens from possessing firearms.

"The Second Amendment Enforcement Act amends the D.C. gun law to protect the rights of Washington, D.C. gun owners in a way that appropriately complies with our United States Constitution," Graves said. "Today's vote is a win for Washington, D.C. residents who deserve the same protections offered by the Second Amendment that are provided to the rest of this country's citizenry."

The Second Amendment Enforcement Act specifically repeals the semi-automatic weapons ban in Washington, D.C., repeals registration requirements, repeals the handgun ammunition ban, and permits the right for self defense in the home. The legislation also removes criminal penalties for possession of unregistered firearms in a community where registering handguns also had been prohibited and authorizes the purchase of firearms for Washington, D.C. residents.

"The Washington D.C. gun law had been written in a way that effectively prohibits a resident from responsibly owning a handgun," Graves said. "Our founding fathers intended the Second Amendment to guarantee the fundamental right of gun ownership. This bill will ensure that gun ownership is protected in our nation's capital."

H.R 6842, the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, was passed with a vote of 266 to 152.

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