|Norton Starts Battle Against Dangerous, Anti-Home Rule Gun Bill As It Is Reintroduced|
Norton Starts Battle Against Dangerous, Anti-Home Rule Gun Bill As It is Reintroduced
February 11, 2011
Washington, DC-The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mike Ross (D-AR) have reintroduced the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed D.C. gun bill, the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, that forced Norton to pull the D.C. House Voting Rights Act from the House floor in April 2010. The Jordan-Ross bill was introduced only two days after Norton was denied the right to testify by Republicans at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, about a provision that seeks to prevent D.C. from spending its local taxpayer-raised funds to provide abortions for low-income residents.
"House Republicans revealed themselves to be hypocrites on day one of the new Congress when they stripped our residents of the federal court-approved Committee of the Whole vote," Norton said. "They won control of the House on the slogans of job creation and reducing the power of the federal government, but they have spent the first month in the majority introducing bills to usurp the local autonomy of the District of Columbia. They underestimate our residents if they think this city will tolerate autocratic rule from Congress any more than the Jordan and Ross districts would tolerate dictatorship from Congress on local matters."
The District revised its gun laws after the Supreme Court's 2008 Heller decision, and a federal court upheld the constitutionality of the District's new gun laws. After the NRA gun amendment blocked Norton's voting rights bill last Congress, she was able to keep their stand-alone bill off the floor. Although the Government Printing Office has not yet published the Jordan-Ross bill, the sponsors' summary indicates that the bill is substantially similar to the Second Amendment Enforcement Act introduced in the 111th Congress. The bill not only would wipe out the city's current gun safety laws, it would make the District one of the most permissive gun jurisdictions in the country: