Heller Statement on House Democrats Refusal to Debate Second Amendment Rights
Today U.S. Congressman Dean Heller (R-NV) made the following statement on the House Democrats' decision to pull consideration of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (H.R. 157) fearing they would have to vote on the Heller amendment to protect the Second Amendment Rights of Washington, DC residents.
"The erosion of Second Amendment rights in Washington, DC has national implications. The Second Amendment exists to protect the right of all Americans to buy, own, and use firearms. It does not provide exemptions based upon region, state, or city. Our right to bear arms is a right specifically provided to Americans in the U.S. Constitution. I am disappointed that the majority party has chosen to ignore a basic constitutional right by refusing to debate my amendment on the House Floor," said Heller.
Heller's amendment would reform the DC council's authority to restrict law-abiding citizens' access to firearms; repeals a number of DC laws restricting access to semiautomatic weapons, handgun ammunition, etc.; restores DC residents' right of self-defense within their home. The United States Senate passed a similar amendment with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 62-36 (Roll Call 72).