House Leaders Pull D.C. Voting Rights Act
GOA members’ activism is having a tremendous impact on Capitol Hill.
After the Senate passed an amendment last week to repeal the Washington, D.C. gun ban, GOA alerted activists that the anti-gun House leadership intended to strip the amendment from the underlying bill.
The House Rules Committee had scheduled a hearing this week to craft a “rule” to bring the bill to the floor without the pro-gun amendment. After an outpouring of opposition from gun owners, the entire bill was pulled from consideration.
The pro-gun amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), was attached to a bill that would give the District of Columbia a full voting member in the House of Representatives.
That bill, S. 160, was fraught with Constitutional problems, not the least of which is that Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution requires that representatives to the House be elected from “each State.” D.C., of course, is not a State.
If D.C. is granted a voting member of Congress, it not only guarantees the anti-gunners will gain a permanent House seat, but is also a stepping stone to gaining two anti-gun Senators as well.
Here’s the bottom line: gun owners have succeeded in slowing down an anti-gun, unconstitutional bill, while at the same time proving that there is strong support to repeal the D.C. gun ban.
Anti-gunners have not given up, however, and the latest move may simply be a tactical retreat by the Democrat leadership to buy time to twist more arms to pick up the votes needed to pass the D.C. voting rights bill without the gun ban repeal.
Gun Owners of America will continue to push for a complete repeal of the D.C. gun ban.