Who's Going After D.C.'s Gun Laws? Marco Rubio Edition.

Posted: March 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Because he's probably running for President and he can, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) is messing with D.C.'s gun laws. Under a bill he introduced with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), all of D.C.'s gun laws would not only be undone, but local legislators would be restricted in their ability to pass any future laws restricting gun ownership.

The bill, whichshockeris backed by the National Rifle Association, would eliminate the District's current concealed carry laws, allowing anyone to more easily obtain a concealed carry permit. Additionally, the bill, dubbed the The Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015, would allow D.C. residents to buy handguns from Maryland or Virginia, the latter of which has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country.

Naturally, local legislators aren't too happy with Rubio and Jordan's bill. 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, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement. Such bullying is not very presidential."

On Twitter, Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) said that "Senators are elected to pass or amend federal laws. If Rubio, Cruz, et al want to pass local laws, they should run for election in [sic] DC."

Of course, this is hardly the first time a politician who does not represent the District tried to meddle with the city's gun laws. Last summer, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced an amendment to a House appropriations bill today to stop D.C. from enforcing its local gun laws. It was ultimately struck down, but a Supreme Court decision led to the District's concealed carry law, in which certain residents can apply for concealed carry permits.

You can read the full bill below:

Second Amendment Enforcement Act

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