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Senators Push Bill To Repeal D.C. Gun Laws

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By Manuel Quinones

New legislation on Capitol Hill aims at repealing the District's strict gun laws.

Two Senators:Montana Democrat Jon Tester and Arizona Republican John McCain, are teaming up in pushing the so-called 'Second Amendment Enforcement Act.'

The legislation would get rid of the District's restrictions on semi-automatic firearms and allow residents to buy guns and ammunition in Maryland and Virginia. It would also expand people's ability to keep legal guns in their home. Those guns wouldn't have to be unloaded and disassembled or secured.

The bill will likely encounter resistance from other Democrats in Congress. Tester says it's about securing gun rights.

"I think the Constitution is clear," says Tester. "The Second Amendment applies across the board. And we ought to live by it."

Tester is a strong gun rights advocate. McCain is in a tough re-election campaign and eager to shore up support among conservatives in his state.

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