U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Block Enforcement of D.C. Gun Laws | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Block Enforcement of D.C. Gun Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2014 Jennifer Fuson 202-370-8128 jfuson [at] bradymail [dot] org 

                                                                            Brady Campaign Statement on Massie Amendment

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (KY- 4) to the fiscal 2015 D.C. appropriations bill that appears to prohibit the District of Columbia from enforcing the city’s gun laws. Under the amendment, D.C. government employees, including the Metropolitan Police Department, could not enforce virtually any local D.C. gun law. This dangerous amendment could allow the sale of some firearms without background checks and would enable currently prohibited domestic abusers to obtain firearms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence opposed the amendment.

Brian Malte, senior national policy director at the Brady Campaign released the following statement:

“It is unfortunate today that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to overrule the citizens of the District of Columbia and make the city an easy target for dangerous people to get guns. Instead, Representative Massie should look in his own backyard as Kentucky has one of the highest gun death rates in the country. We will work with the U.S. Senate to defend the District of Columbia’s authority over its own laws and the right to protect its citizens.”

Kentucky received an “F” on the 2013 state scorecard produced by the Brady Campaign and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence: http://www.bradycampaign.org/2013-state-scorecard

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