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DC official: Rubio using gun bill to tout 'ultra conservative' cred



The District of Columbia's voice in Congress continued Monday to press back against a bill Sen. Marco Rubio filed last week to ease gun laws in the capital city.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton "challenged" Rubio and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to "travel in their own lane" and introduce legislation that would allow guns in post offices, Social Security offices and other federal buildings in their home states.

“Senator Rubio and Representative Jordan claim to profess a desire to allow District residents to protect themselves, but they have completely ignored the fact that their constituents are prohibited from bringing a firearm into federal buildings in their home states,” Norton said in a news release. “Congress is charged with governing the national interests of the United States, not with writing local laws for local jurisdictions like the District of Columbia.

"To ensure the right of D.C. citizens, not Congress, to govern the District of Columbia, Congress passed the Home Rule Act 40 years ago. Senator Rubio, in his quest to tout his ultra conservative principles before his anticipated run at the presidency, has in reality demonstrated that federalism and devolving authority to local people is for some, not all, Americans. If Senator Rubio and Representative Jordan are concerned about the reach of the 2nd Amendment in the United States, there are many opportunities in the federal sector where current law bans their own constituents from possessing guns. Rather than infringe on the democratic rights of the 650,000 District of Columbia residents, I urge them to turn their attention to the federal ban on guns in federal facilities.”

[Last modified: Monday, March 30, 2015 12:42pm]


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