Coalition House Letter Norton Gun Billl

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September 12, 2008

Dear Member of Congress:

We urge you to support H.R. 6842, the National Capital Security and Safety Act, and to oppose any and all amendments offered to the bill.

H.R. 6842, introduced by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, provides proponents of gun rights with a vehicle for ensuring that the DC government enacts legislation consistent with the requirements of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. The bill also respects local democracy in our nation's capital by allowing locally-elected officials to enact the District's own local gun laws.

Gun rights proponents support alternate legislation, H.R. 1399 and H.R. 6691, claiming they are necessary to restore the Second Amendment rights of individuals in the District of Columbia. H.R. 6842 not only promotes that goal, but would also protect the unique status and security needs of our nation's capital city.

This summer, the duly-elected DC government enacted temporary legislation in response to the Heller decision. Consequently, DC residents are now registering handguns for personal protection in their homes. H.R. 6842 would ensure that the DC government enacts permanent legislation within 180 days. Congress would have the power to review, approve, disapprove or override such permanent DC legislation if it believes the measure is inadequate.

We note that other localities are going through this same legislative process. Congress should afford Washingtonians the same respect and deference it is showing to communities around the country.

We urge you to support H.R. 6842, the National Capital Security and Safety Act.

Sincerely,

DC Vote
DC Republican Committee
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Common Cause
DC Democratic State Committee
DC For Democracy
DC NAACP
Greater Washington Urban League
Jews United for Justice
League of Women Voters
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
NAACP
National Council of Jewish Women