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House Version Of D.C.`s Personal Protection Act Introduced

Sunday, March 20, 2005

On March 14, Representative Mark Souder (R-Ind.) introduced H.R. 1288--the House version of the "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act."

With bipartisan support, H.R. 1288 currently has 21 cosponsors. This legislation seeks to restore the constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights of the residents of the District of Columbia.

The need for this legislation is obvious. While effectively banning handgun ownership for over a quarter-century, Washington, D.C., consistently has one of the highest homicide rates in the nation. "D.C.`s politicians have stripped law-abiding residents of their ability to defend themselves and their families," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "Passage of the ‘District of Columbia Personal Protection Act` will remedy this senseless and dangerous injustice."

Please be sure to contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support the "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act."

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