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Senators Introduce Bill To Repeal D.C. Gun Laws

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By Rebecca Blatt

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced a bill to weaken Washington's gun laws. They say the city has not done enough to comply with a 2008 Supreme Court ruling mandating changes.

The legislation would repeal D.C.'s firearms registration system and storage requirements and lift its ban on semiautomatic weapons. McCain and Tester say those changes are necessary to ensure the second amendment rights of District residents.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's prepared to fight the bill.

Just last week, Democratic leaders in the House pulled a D.C. voting rights bill because it would have included an amendment written by the National Rifle Association, weakening the city's gun laws.

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