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senate Bill S. 874

Easing Restrictions on Gun Ownership in the District of Columbia

Argument in favor

This bill removes some of the more onerous restrictions on gun ownership in the District of Columbia, and takes a balanced approach by empowering property owners to create their own limitations on where guns may be taken.

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08/02/2015
what part of shall not be infringed do you not understand
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07/30/2015
Reference the Constitution; not you're emotions.
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Morgan's Opinion
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12/11/2016
I support the second amendment the constitution says we have the right to keep and bear arms
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Argument opposed

Even though Congress has significant oversight over the District of Columbia, that does not mean it should be meddling in their affairs. If the citizens of our nation’s capitol want tough gun laws they should be able to have them.

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08/02/2015
The Supreme Court has ruled and they're the final say on laws. They have ruled that congress can outlaw certain types of guns, it can't just outright ban guns. Congress has the power to ban semiautomatic guns and other guns, I don't get how that's hard to understand. Everyone talks about their second amendment right, do they not read the rest of the constitution?
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David's Opinion
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07/25/2015
Let DC VOTERS DECIDE GUN CONTROL FOR THEMSELVES.
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heychrisfox's Opinion
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08/02/2015
This is a regional affair that should be legislated regionally. This isn't the federal governments business.
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What is Senate Bill S. 874?

This bill would deny the District of Columbia the authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms for legitimate purposes. It would repeal the following elements of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 (FCRA):
  • The definition of a machine gun as being any weapon that is designed to shoot more than 12 shots without manual reloading;

  • The ban on semiautomatic weapons;

  • The District’s registration requirement for possession of firearms.


Several existing laws would be maintained, including prohibitions on the illegal dealing or manufacturing of firearms, and the current ban on the possession of a sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, or short-barreled rifle. People who are prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm (like felons) would still be precluded from gun possession, and it would be a crime to provide such a person with a gun or ammunition.


Criminal penalties for possession of unregistered firearms would be eliminated, and existing District policies and requirements regarding gun storage would be repealed. The sale of a firearm to a resident of the District by a licensed dealer in Maryland or Virginia would be considered valid.


Private entities and secure public buildings would be authorized to determine whether firearms will be allowed on their premises, and if so, what limitations on firearms they would impose. Property owners would be empowered to determine for themselves if, and by whom, firearms could be carried on their property.


The District’s Chief of Police would be required to issue a five-year concealed carry license to any qualified person who successfully completes the application process.

Impact

Gun owners in Washington, D.C., property owners, law enforcement, the D.C. Council.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 874

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: According to this bill’s sponsor, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the District of Columbia “has infringed on its residents’ Second Amendment rights and rendered them vulnerable to criminals who could care less what the gun laws are.” He added that it would “finally allow D.C.’s law-abiding residents and visitors access to firearms for sporting or lawful defense of themselves and their homes, businesses and families.”

Although she does not have the ability to vote against this legislation in Congress, the District of Columbia’s non-voting Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has argued against it, calling Sen. Rubio’s tactics “bullying.”. Rep. Holmes Norton has said that this bill would turn D.C. into “one of the most permissive gun jurisdictions against the will fo our citizens and despite the federal presence and daily motorcades with high level federal officials and foreign dignitaries in our streets and public places.”


Of Note: The District of Columbia is considered to have some of the strictest gun laws in the U.S., and recently attempted to make them even more robust by requiring people who want to carry guns in public to demonstrate a “good reason/proper reason” to obtain a permit. This law was overturned as unconstitutional by a U.S. District Judge, and subsequently the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. provided a temporary stay in advance of an upcoming hearing -- so the good reason clause can continue be used in the interim.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.

bill Progress


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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 26th, 2015
    what part of shall not be infringed do you not understand
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    The Supreme Court has ruled and they're the final say on laws. They have ruled that congress can outlaw certain types of guns, it can't just outright ban guns. Congress has the power to ban semiautomatic guns and other guns, I don't get how that's hard to understand. Everyone talks about their second amendment right, do they not read the rest of the constitution?
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    Reference the Constitution; not you're emotions.
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    I support the second amendment the constitution says we have the right to keep and bear arms
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    Let DC VOTERS DECIDE GUN CONTROL FOR THEMSELVES.
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    This is a regional affair that should be legislated regionally. This isn't the federal governments business.
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    Ok, but did anyone give thought to how much time poor thugs and felons will have to filling out forms and registering their weapons? Hopefully they will be able to use their EBT cards to pay the fees!
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    YES YES YES. Stop trying to restrict law abiding citizens from exercising their Constitutional Right to own a gun!
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    The law bidding citizens should have a right to defend there selfs
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    DC's gun control laws are unhelpful and overly burdensome. Citizens should absolutely be allowed to possess semi-automatic weapons and registration of firearms contributes NOTHING to security.
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    Gun restrictions of this type are unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.
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    We need less restrictions on responsible gun ownership everywhere.
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    If the people are going to be encouraged combat crime in their own neighborhoods, allow them the means to do so.
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    Current laws are a violation of the second amendment. It is atrocious.
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    2nd amendment needs to be followed. There must not be any infringement on the rights of law abiding citizens to own or carry firearms.
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    "Florida is a pro-gun state. Gun violence has dropped. There's a reason for it. We created a balance that's focused on lowering gun violence but protecting the Second Amendment, and it's a model for many other countries and many other states because of that." Read more at http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/27/politics/jeb-bush-gun-control/
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    The District of Columbia and all it's inhabitants should be allowed the freedoms of their FULL civil rights, as should all citizens of this Great Nation.
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    These idiotic laws haven't made any difference. They are fruitless and should be repealed.
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    Guess they want to do away with the second amendment. Just so everyone is on the same page, the word "infringe " basically means "to limit ". We already have too many laws on the books that do exactly that..... Which violates the second amendment. STOP VIOLATING THE SECOND AMENDMENT!!
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