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D.C. Mayor’s “Hatred” of Guns Illustrates Need for Congressional Action to Restore Rights

Friday, January 16, 2015

D.C. Mayor’s “Hatred” of Guns Illustrates Need for Congressional Action to Restore Rights

Big city mayors often have the luxury of sharing their unfiltered thoughts in a way that politicians subject to more ideologically diverse constituencies can’t afford. This trait was on full display January 8, when recently inaugurated District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser addressed the anti-gun Washington Interfaith Network, gathered at D.C.’s St. Augustine church. Bowser told the crowd, “You have a mayor who hates guns,” adding, “I swear to protect the Constitution and what the courts say, but I will do it in the most restrictive way as possible.”

The radical comments likely played well with her supporters. But when D.C. politicians embark on extreme rants -- or policymaking -- they would do well to remember that D.C. is not just their city. The District is also the nation’s capital, and as such, belongs to all Americans. It is a federal enclave in which the U.S. Constitution grants Congress ultimate authority. Bowser’s anti-gun proclamation will hopefully garner a very different reaction in the newly seated pro-gun Congress.

It’s not clear how Bowser intends to further burden the District’s beleaguered gun owners. The D.C. government already has one of the most onerous registration schemes in the country, has made it nearly impossible for federal firearms licensees or ranges to open up shop, and has fought the development of an accessible concealed carry regime at every step.

Unfortunately, with anti-gun zealots like Bowser in control of D.C.’s local government, repeated defeats in the federal courts have not been enough to adequately ensure the city’s residents and visitors have the practical ability to exercise their right-to-self-defense. This is why NRA-backed federal legislation to restore the rights of those in the District is essential.

NRA plans to vigorously support passage of the Second Amendment Enforcement Act (SAEA) in the new Congress. The SAEA works by overriding the D.C. City Council’s authority to regulate firearms, much like a state preemption law. The Act goes on to dismantle the District’s burdensome registration requirement, remove the ban on popular semi-automatic firearms, strike current ammunition restrictions, and eliminate oppressive storage requirements, among other changes.

In another portion of Bowser’s January 8 remarks, she stated, “If it was up to me, we wouldn’t have any handguns in the District of Columbia.” Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, that decision isn’t “up to” Bowser, or the rest of the wildly anti-gun D.C. City Council. Hopefully, with the help of the new Congress, recognition of the Second Amendment won’t be “up to” them either.

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Washington: Substitute Version of Gun Control Bill Passes House Committee

Friday, January 19, 2018

Washington: Substitute Version of Gun Control Bill Passes House Committee

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed Substitute House Bill 1122 out of committee on a 7-6 vote.  This bill, which would require gun owners to lock up their firearms or potentially face criminal charges, will ...

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments of their power to regulate guns.

Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

The sorry state of gun politics in Australia was put into stark relief recently, after Liberal National Party (LNP) Queensland Legislative Assembly MP Anthony Perrett took a principled stand in favor of his constituents’ gun rights.

Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Earlier today, the Washington state Senate Law & Justice Committee passed Senate Bill 5992 out of committee with a 4-3 vote. As drafted, this legislation has overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made to ...

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their front-group “Arizonans for Wildlife” are currently gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would ban the hunting and trapping of mountain lions and bobcats in ...

New Jersey:  2018 Brings Bigger Challenges for New Jersey Gun Owners

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Jersey: 2018 Brings Bigger Challenges for New Jersey Gun Owners

A new Governor took the reins from Gov. Chris Christie this week, and a new Legislature has been sworn into office. 

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

On Thursday, January 18th, Senate Bill 20 passed the Indiana state Senate by a vote of 47-2 and will now move to the House.  

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

On Thursday, January 25th at 1:30PM, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear several sweeping gun control bills.  NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to attend the committee hearing to voice your opposition ...

Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Today, Senator Karl Rhoads (D-13) introduced legislation that would ban modifications commonly made to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  SB 2046 is currently pending a committee referral.  Please contact your Senator today and urge them to OPPOSE this ...

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

On Friday, January 12, several amicus briefs were filed in the NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions against magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The lawsuit, titled Duncan v. Becerra, challenges California’s ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.