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Conaway Votes to Support Second Amendment Rights

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Washington, September 17, 2008 | Anna Koch (202.225.3605) | comments

Today, on the most significant day for 2nd amendment rights since the Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia’s 32-year old handgun ban in June, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would limit D.C.’s power to regulate handguns. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) made this statement following the bill’s passage:

“Today’s vote to protect second amendment rights for residents of the District of Columbia is a monumental victory for not only citizens of Washington, D.C., but for all Americans. The bill that passed today will restrict almost all gun control rules at the local level in Washington, D.C., and would limit city officials’ ability to endorse any measures that go beyond federal firearms restrictions. Under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every citizen has the right to bear arms; yet for more than thirty years, this right has been denied to the citizens of Washington, D.C. I am pleased that Second Amendment rights for citizens of the District of Colombia have finally been defended and that D.C. residents are now able to keep and bear firearms to protect themselves and their property. ”


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