According to a report from Moriah Costa of Reuters news service, a Republican member of Congress has poked the District Of Columbia hornet’s nest by introducing legislation that would nullify the District’s draconian firearms laws. The legislation was in the form of an amendment to the current spending bill that is intended to support the local D.C. government. An excerpt:
A 2008 Supreme Court decision struck down the district’s ban on handgun possession. Residents now must register handguns every three years, complete a safety course and be fingerprinted and photographed.
The amendment sponsored by Republican Thomas Massie of Kentucky would do away with those provisions. In a statement, Massie criticized Washington gun laws as harassment of law-abiding citizens.
The bill will now go to the Senate where the offending provision will no doubt be deleted. But at least Massie tried. For the full article, click HERE.
And in a somewhat related Second Amendment legislation development, Democratic freshman Representative Robin Kelly of Illinois has introduced a bill to restrict the advertising of firearms to those under 18 years of age. According to this WaPo article, the bill would:
- prohibit the use of cartoon characters in firearms marketing;
- prohibit branding of firearms products on tee-shirts and hats;
- require warning labels on any firearms products specifically designed and marketed to children.
This last would presumably include such products as the Crickett and Chipmunk lines of 22-caliber rifles from Keystone, some of which are offered with pink stocks.
Constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh has some thoughts, HERE, on Representative Kelly’s bill.