Senator Marco Rubio seeks to overturn D.C. gun law
There is a senator going after a DC law, and no, it is not Ted Cruz.
This time, it is Senator Marco Rubio who is attempting to not only overturn all of DC’s gun laws, which are some of the strictest in the country, but also prohibit legislators from enacting additional laws to restrict gun ownership.
According to DCist, if overturned, District residents would have an easier time buying concealed weapons not only in DC, but also in Maryland and Virginia, states that have lenient gun laws.
According to the Post, Rubio defended this move. “In order to achieve the American Dream, people need to be able to live in safe communities and be able to protect themselves, their families and their properties from danger. For years, the District of Columbia has infringed on its residents’ Second Amendment rights and rendered them vulnerable to criminals who could care less what the gun laws are,” he said.
Rubio’s actions not only impact gun laws; they also threaten DC’s local governance, considering Democrats in the District have banned gun ownership for the past three decades.
He has made many local legislators very upset, especially since he claims to be an advocate for state governance. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton responded to Rubio’s decision saying, “It should shock no one that Senator Rubio, who is widely expected to soon announce a run for President, would try to raise his national profile and conservative bona fides, but they should be shocked to hear that he would try to use our local jurisdiction and laws to violate his own support for the principle of local control,” dcist reported.
Nevertheless, Rubio’s new bill is making many gun ownership advocates very happy, especially the NRA who is backing this new legislation.
“The NRA and its 5 million members appreciate the efforts of Senator Rubio… to restore DC residents’ fundamental rights to keep and bear arms,” the NRA spokeswoman said in a statement.
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