House Republicans seek to undo DC gun-control laws, restore penalties for pot possession

by Assocaited Press, FOXBusiness.com  |  published on July 17, 2014

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WASHINGTON – If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won’t be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle.

The GOP-controlled House approved a spending bill Wednesday that would undo the District’s strict gun-control laws and its law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. The fate of the spending bill and the amendments will likely depend on negotiations between the House, Senate and White House.

The gun amendment was introduced by Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky. Twenty Democrats joined 221 Republicans in voting for it, while four GOP lawmakers voted against it.

A 2008 Supreme Court decision struck down the District’s longstanding ban on handgun possession. Residents of the nation’s capital must register handguns every three years, complete a safety course and be fingerprinted and photographed. The Massie amendment would get rid of all those, leaving only federal gun-control laws to govern the District.

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