Capital Under Fire | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Capital Under Fire

Envision a Washington, D.C. in which it would be entirely legal for individuals or groups to carry loaded AK-47s, or set up .50 caliber sniper rifles that can bring down aircraft, near Cabinet buildings, motorcades, or blocks from the Capitol, ready and able to fire at any number of high-ranking government officials or foreign dignitaries. It may sound ludicrous, but that would be the legal reality if H.R. 6691 becomes law.

The lobbyists for the gun industry are deceptively suggesting that the legislation is needed for the city to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. Instead of giving the local elected officials a fair and reasonable opportunity to enact permanent regulations, the gun lobby is pushing Congress to enact dangerous and sweeping legislation that goes far beyond the mandates of Heller.

Read the full report Capital Under Fire.