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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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Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 1427 into law.

Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance

Monday, May 22, 2017

Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance

Last week, attorneys on behalf of the NRA filed an amicus brief in Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (Kitsap II), the case which challenges Kitsap County’s firearm discharge ban and range licensing scheme.  Kitsap Rifle and ...

Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1657 by a 7-6 vote.

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Today, May 22, Governor Brian Sandoval signed important pro-gun legislation, Assembly Bill 118, into law.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly, will allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable ...

California: AB 424 Passes Assembly - Appropriations Committees to Consider Suspense Items

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

California: AB 424 Passes Assembly - Appropriations Committees to Consider Suspense Items

Friday, May 26th is the deadline for the fiscal committees to pass bills to the floor from the chamber of origin.  On Thursday, May 25, the Senate AppropriationsCommittee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 464 and Senate Bill 497. ...

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Gun Free Zone Legislation, Again

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Gun Free Zone Legislation, Again

Last week, the Senate Committee of the Whole referred an amended version of House Bill 2278 back to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

California: Don’t Miss our May 25th Webinar to Discuss the Newest DOJ Draft “Assault Weapons” Regulations

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

California: Don’t Miss our May 25th Webinar to Discuss the Newest DOJ Draft “Assault Weapons” Regulations

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, at 12:00 pm (PT), NRA’s legal team will be hosting a free webinar to discuss the recently submitted “assault weapon” regulations.   

Alabama: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Alabama: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Last Friday, May 19, the Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die.  During this session, Senate Bill 24, the constitutional/permitless carry bill, passed the Senate but failed to make it to the House floor for a vote ...

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of "disorderly conduct" under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. ...

Illinois: Last Chance to Save your Local Gun Dealer!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Illinois: Last Chance to Save your Local Gun Dealer!

The Illinois House of Representatives may consider Senate Bill 1657, legislation that could put your local gun dealer out of business, at any time! It is imperative that you contact your state Representative IMMEDIATELY and ...

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