Support of Ensign Amendment is Vital to Ending D.C. Gun Ban

| by Gun Owners of America

An amendment to repeal the onerous gun ban in the District of Columbia
will likely come to the floor of the Senate this week.

Senator John Ensign (R-NV) plans to file the amendment to the so-called D.C. Voting Rights Act.

After the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Heller striking down Washington's gun ban as unconstitutional, the city council passed a gun control law that was almost as restrictive as the old one.

To simply possess a firearm in the nation's Capitol City, a resident must:

* Take a five hour training course
* Re-register any firearms every three years
* Undergo an invasive background check every six years
* Pass a 20 question multiple choice test designed by bureaucrats based
on the city's convoluted law
* Pay a registration fee
* Have all handguns undergo a ballistics test

In addition to protecting Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia, a vote on the Ensign amendment is an important test for your two Senators.  Many of the provisions in the existing D.C. gun law are also on the wish list of the anti-gunners.

A vote on repealing the D.C. gun ban will be a good indication of how the Senate will vote on other gun-related issues.

Ensign's measure will be offered as an amendment to S. 160, the D.C. Voting Rights Act.  The bill is designed to give Washington, D.C., full voting privileges in the House of Representatives, as well as increasing the total number of representatives from 435 to 437.

While there are many constitutional concerns with the underlying measure, the gun ban repeal simply comes down to a vote for or against the Second Amendment.

It is vital that you contact your Senators in support of the Ensign amendment because GOA is the only group that has announced it will score this vote.

Read the Brady Campaign's opposition to the Ensign amendment, "Ensign Amendment Would Endanger Public Safety"