Senator Tries Again On D.C. Handgun Ban Repeal


U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tx.) again is pushing legislation yesterday to repeal Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns, the Washington Post reports. Mayor Anthony Williams described the idea as an “assault” on the District’s right to govern itself. Hutchison said the repeal is needed to allow District residents to protect themselves in their homes, where the law bars them from keeping guns. Williams responded: “I am incensed by any proposal that is an insult to the memory of the people who have died in this city due to gun violence — in particular the three children who have died from gun violence this year.”

In September, the House passed a bill to repeal the capital’s 1976 ban on handguns and semiautomatic weapons. Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) abandoned his legislation when it appeared that there was insufficient support. A Hutchison aide said her proposal is likely to fare better because it already has nearly 30 co-sponsors. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said she will try to defeat the legislation, a quest she called an “uphill battle.”


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