Skip to comments.D.C. Gun Ban Repeal in Limbo for Now
Posted on 11/12/2004 7:51:46 PM PST by Narf
Washington, D.C. homeowners shouldnt expect to lock and load anytime soon as an effort to repeal a nearly 30-year ban on handgun ownership (search) in the district has hit a snag despite Republican gains in the U.S. Senate that might draw more gun-friendly lawmakers to Capitol Hill. "It still has an improved chance," said Dan Whiting, spokesman for Republican Sen. Larry Craig (search) of Idaho, who had co-sponsored legislation to repeal the gun ban and had hoped to attach the measure to the 2005 D.C appropriations bill.
But opponents of the gun ban say D.C. residents are wary of turning back the clock prior to 1976, the year the ban on all handguns was put into place and the nations toughest gun law was enacted.
"Every day I am witnessing someone whos been shot or murdered on these mean city streets," said Hannah Hawkins, who runs Child of Mine (search), a center that counsels at-risk youth in the greater D.C.-metro area. "Its become more dangerous because of non-restrictive gun laws in other jurisdictions, like Virginia and Maryland," just over the border.
Before the election, the move to ease D.C.'s gun law had no strong support among Senate members, who hoped to avoid a fight over gun control right before voters went to the polls. "I dont want to discount it," said Whiting, who added that hope persisted that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the author of the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act, would pursue the repeal in the 109th Congress.
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It wouldn't be an extremely high murder rate, would it? The idiots who pass these laws never seem to realize that violent criminals do not usually purchase guns legally. I live near D.C., and wouldn't feel safe living there without a gun unless I was protected by the Secret Service. The Democrats have a stranglehold on D.C. politics, so one should expect a general lack of common sense among the city's lawmakers.
Yeah, a person is a heck of a lot more likely to kick in somebody's door if there is a good chance that the person on the other side is armed. /sarc
Hannah Hawkins is a flaming idiot. It's been graphically demonstrated that the gun ban doesn't work and, if anything, it has made D.C. a more dangerous place. The liberals' answer to everything is more of the same. If their policies don't work, they think making more rules and being even more restrictive will somehow work. Just unbelievable!!
I lived in Virginia for 4 years and it was a bloodbath over there. /sarcasm
Time to repeal this unconstitutional piece of totalitarianism.
It's mostly populated by moronic government parasites.
She has a hidden agenda ~ maybe a brother-in-law who's an enforcer for a drug crew?
Or, she's simply one of the stupidest people to ever walk the face of the Earth.
Virginia, with few gun restrictions, has a far lower gun crime rate than DC.