The U.S. Supreme Court recently shot down Washington D.C.’s ban on handguns, ruling that it was unconstitutional. That didn’t stop the D.C. City Council, which rules a city that has one of the highest murder rates in the country.
Others might have to abide by the law, but not D.C. No sir. They are special. The council made up a new set of local rules that they think will skirt the court’s rulings. But Gun Owners of America, and other supporters of the Second Amendment, are not giving up their guns.
Here is a letter GOA sent out on Monday:
Monday, July 28, 2008
In open defiance of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Washington D.C. gun control law, the City Council passed an "emergency" law that keeps in place almost all of the law that was ruled unconstitutional.
For example, though the Court ruled specifically that the city's ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment, most handguns still cannot be registered because D.C. bureaucrats classify semi-automatic pistols as "machine guns."
Even Dick Heller, who brought the case against Washington's gun ban, was rejected when he tried to register his handgun because any "bottom loading" firearm is a "machine gun" according to the D.C. police.
Similarly, while the Court found that "the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a "trigger lock" is unconstitutional, the city kept in place the "lock up your safety" law unless the resident is in immediate danger.
The D.C. Council is thus rendering the Supreme Court victory for gun rights meaningless, while leaving residents defenseless.
Congress needs to repeal the District's gun control law to ensure that the Supreme Court decision is not a hollow victory.
According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the authority and responsibility to govern the District. It can simply repeal the District's onerous gun law.
Not surprisingly, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has no intention of allowing the D.C. gun ban repeal legislation to come to the floor, even though it is cosponsored by more than half of the members of Congress.
To free the bill from the Speaker's death grip, Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) has filed a discharge petition to bring the bill directly to the floor. Rep. Souder needs 218 cosigners for the petition to be successful. There are currently 109 signers.
There are not many days left in this legislative session, so it is vital that the discharge petition moves quickly. Please contact your representative and urge him or her to support the repeal of the D.C. gun ban and to sign the Souder discharge petition. You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your Reps. the pre-written e-mail message below.
Pre-written letter -----
The Washington, D.C. city council is making a mockery of the recent Supreme Court decision supporting the individual right to keep and bear arms.
Though the Court ruled the city's handgun ban unconstitutional, DC is still making it illegal to own most handguns. The Court also ruled that the District's gun lock and gun storage law violates the Constitution, but under the city's new "emergency" gun law, firearms must be kept inoperable unless there is an immediate danger to residents.
Representative Mark Souder has filed a discharge petition to bring a bill to repeal the District's gun laws to the floor for a vote.
Please stand up for the Second Amendment and sign the Souder discharge petition.
Liberals like those in D.C. have made a mockery of the United States Constitution. We need to stand against them or we will lose the freedoms of our country.