House Passes Bill to Overturn D.C. Gun Restrictions
|Last Updated October 6, 2008|
On September 17, the House passed bill H. R. 6842 (also known as the "Second Amendment Enforcement Act") to force the nation's capital to broaden the rights of its residents to buy and own firearms, including semiautomatic weapons. It will eliminate most of the gun restrictions in D.C., including a ban on semi-automatic weapons. The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, was passed by 266-152 votes, with 85 Democrats supporting it and 7 Republicans opposing it. The supporters said that they were determined to give D.C. residents the same right of self-defense that has been available to other Americans.
According to White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, the President strongly supports the Second Amendment Enforcement Act and looks forward to signing the legislation.
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