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Norton Pledges To Fight House Attempt To Change D.C. Gun Laws

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Norton says that congressional attempts to change the city's gun laws are an encroachment upon local decision-making.
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Norton says that congressional attempts to change the city's gun laws are an encroachment upon local decision-making.

D.C. officials are once again trying to beat back a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives to influence the District's gun laws.

As lawmakers in the House debate a military authorization bill, they will also be weighing in on gun control laws in D.C. A Republican amendment would express the sense of the House that active military personal should be exempt from D.C. gun laws, which include strict registration requirements and ban the carrying of any gun outside of the home.

It's just a resolution, but D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton calls it a dangerous encroachment on D.C. sovereignty. "It's just a case of using the District of Columbia! We don't like to be used for any purpose," she said.

The amendment is sponsored by Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.). Norton says she has a hunch why he's offering the amendment yet again.

"He's running for the Senate from Georgia and he's trying to use the District as fodder for his campaign. Well, we don't tolerate that," she said.

In the last session of Congress, the House passed the amendment and Norton was able to have it removed from the final bill by Senate Democrats. She says if it is included in the defense bill, she'll redouble her lobbying effort to get it removed once again.

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