Senate Passes Ensign D.C. Gun Rights Amendment to Voting Bill

Senators have adopted an amendment offered by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act (S. 160) by a vote of 62 to 36.

The amendment would call for the “removal of almost all locally imposed gun-control rules” in Washington D.C., according to the Washington Post.

Per a press release from Ensign’s office, it’s being offered in response to the following situation:

The Supreme Court ruled last year in District of Columbia v. Heller that the D.C. City Council’s gun ban was unfairly and unconstitutionally restricting law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves.  In response to this ruling, the District of Columbia introduced burdensome gun laws to further infringe on the Second Amendment rights of residents of the nation’s capital.

Specifically, the press release states that this amendment would “repeal the most recent D.C. gun law package, the ‘Firearms Registration Amendment Act of 2008.’”

According to a release from the National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action, the amendment would do the following:

  • Conform D.C. gun laws to the requirements set out by the Supreme Court. The D.C. Council had the opportunity to conform its laws to the ruling, but its new laws add major burdens on residents’ Second Amendment rights.
  • Reform the District’s firearm registration regime, which the District’s new law makes even more complicated and intrusive. Firearm registration also has no crime-prevention benefit, as demonstrated by the fact that all, or nearly all, firearms used in violent crimes in D.C. are not registered.

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