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Smith Votes to Restore D.C. Gun Rights

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) this morning voted for bipartisan legislation requiring Washington D.C. to comply with the June Supreme Court overturning the decades-old gun ban in the district. The bill passed by a vote of 266 to 152.

"The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to the people living in our nation's capital," Smith, a cosponsor of the legislation, said. "Law abiding citizens who live in D.C. have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans."

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller "the District's ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self defense."

The legislation passed today will repeal Washington D.C.'s ban on semi-automatic handguns, repeal the requirement for firearms to be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home, and repeals the current difficult and prohibitive registration requirement which requires multiple visits to police headquarters, ballistics testing, fingerprinting, and a limit of one gun registered every 90 days.

Currently, federal law prohibits buying guns in one states and registering them in another. As D.C. only has one licensed dealer in the entire city, the bill passed today creates a limited exemption to the federal ban by allowing D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Virginia and Maryland.

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