TheHill.com is reporting that Pro-gun House Dems reach deal with NRA.
Pro-gun Democrats have reached a compromise with the National Rifle Association to avoid an election-year showdown on gun laws in the District of Columbia.
We’re just going to have to wait and see what, if anything, this means. I’m happy that the Republicans have been showing a little spine over the discharge petition. I really hope this is good news.
The Second Amendment Enforcement Act will:
* Repeal the District’s ban on semi-automatic handguns. Semi-automatic pistols have been the most commonly purchased handguns in the United States over the last 20 years, and therefore a ban on those firearms is unconstitutional as decided by Heller;
* Restore the right of self-defense by repealing the requirement that firearms be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home;
* Repeal the current D.C. registration system that requires multiple visits to police headquarters; ballistics testing; passing a written test on D.C. gun laws; fingerprinting; and limiting registration to one handgun per 90 days. The current system is unduly burdensome and serves as a vehicle for even more onerous restrictions; and
* Create a limited exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales by allowing D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Virginia and Maryland. Currently there are no firearms dealers in the District of Columbia, and the federal ban prohibits residents from purchasing handguns outside of the District; therefore, District residents have no means of purchasing handguns.
I think that federal ban on interstate handgun sales should go away for everyone. If it’s going to be OK for DC residents to buy “out of state” so to speak, then it should be OK for everyone.