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D.C. officials are up in arms over an effort to roll back the city's gun laws, and took their grievances to Capitol Hill today.
Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Assistant MPD Chief Alfred Durham appeared at a press conference this morning to lambast a measure passed by the House yesterday that would prohibit the city from enforcing its restrictive gun laws.
The event was crashed by the man behind the measure, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who said yesterday that the city's gun laws stop law-abiding from owning and carrying guns that they could use to protect themselves.
But Norton took his presence as an opportunity to lecture the freshman on how Congress works. "If you want to overturn our laws, there’s only one way to do it in the Congress of the United States. You got to introduce a bill, take that bill through the processes and have enough people agree with you to get it done," she said.
Massie's measure was attached to a spending bill, one of a number of provisions targeting D.C. One inserted by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) would stop the city from implementing a marijuana decriminalization law that took effect today.
At the press conference, Gray said that efforts like Massie's are more than a mere annoyance for D.C. officials.
“I’m actually sick and tired of being sick and tired of having to make these pilgrimages up to the Congress to overcome treatment that I think is unfair. It is untenable. It is unconscionable. It is un-American. It is unneeded and is unwanted," he said.
D.C. officials are now looking to the Senate and White House to defeat the provision they say would give D.C. some of the weakest gun laws in the nation, but they may have a second front to fight on: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced today that he would introduce a similar measure in the Senate.