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D.C. Leaders Blast Senate Gun Bill

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Local lawmakers in D.C. are strongly criticizing a Senate bill to eliminate many local gun control laws.
Patrick Madden
Local lawmakers in D.C. are strongly criticizing a Senate bill to eliminate many local gun control laws.

By Patrick Madden

Congress is taking aim at D.C.'s gun laws again.

A bill by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. John Tester (D-Mont.) would eliminate many of the District's strict gun control measures, allowing residents to own semi-automatic weapons, buy guns and ammunition in other states, and keep loaded guns at home.

At City Hall, there was strong reaction to the gun bill.

"We are going to fight any effort to repeal D.C. gun laws absolutely hammer and tong," says D.C. Council Member Jim Graham. "There will be more blood on the streets of cities like Washington without strong gun control."

"Incredibly, incredibly offended" is how D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray characterized his thoughts on the McCain-Tester bill.

"We are the locally elected leaders who make these decisions and frankly if some of these senators want to make laws in the District of Columbia, why don't they run for the city council," says Gray.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is also criticizing the bill, calling it a "step backward for public safety" in the District.


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