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Gun Law Push Puts D.C. Vote Bill on Indefinite Hold
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the District's longtime ban on handguns last year, and city leaders have since enacted new regulations for gun owners. But opponents say they are too cumbersome and time-consuming.
Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist, said that because the Senate elected to use the bill to address the city's gun control laws, the NRA will "continue to work with both Democrats and Republicans to restore the Second Amendment rights to lawful residents of the District of Columbia."
District leaders have chastised Congress for failing to vote on the merits of the voting rights bill without amendments and questioned whether the city should accept a House seat if its gun control laws are weakened.
"Obviously, we're deeply concerned about this price," said Gray, the council chairman. "This is a very steep price to pay for a right that should have no price."
Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, suggested that voting rights advocates might be forced to hold off on the bill and return with a new strategy next year.
"This is a real conundrum. There are no easy answers here," he said. "It may be that we have to rethink how we got in this situation, even wait until next year for another opportunity. I don't think it's absolutely done in the House yet, but it will take a lot of creative thinking."
Staff writer Mary Beth Sheridan contributed to this report.