This is what the good concealed carrying Senator, Dianne Feinstein has to say to one of her constituents, me, about over ruling DC. How does this woman get herself elected??
Dear Mr. DJK:
I received your letter expressing support for the "National Capitol Security and Safety Act" (H.R. 6842). I want you to know that I appreciate hearing from you on such an important topic. I welcome the opportunity to respond.
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced H.R. 6842, which would require the District to conform its laws to the Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. During consideration of the bill, Representative Travis Childers (D-MS) attached an amendment that would repeal most of the existing District of Columbia gun laws. Among other things, the bill would repeal D.C.'s ban on semi-automatic weapons, including military-style assault weapons and it would repeal the Federal law prohibiting District residents from traveling to other states to buy handguns. It would also prohibit D.C. from enacting common sense gun laws, like requiring safe storage of guns in homes with small children. And it repeals gun registration requirements, making it more difficult for police to trace guns used in crimes. On September 17, 2008, the amended bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 266-152.
I believe this legislation is reckless and irresponsible - and will lead to more weapons and violence on the streets of our nation's capital. As a former Mayor of San Francisco, I have seen firsthand what happens when guns fall into the hands of criminals, juveniles, and the mentally ill. I believe that the legislation repealing Federal and District gun laws would place the families of the District of Columbia in great jeopardy.
Currently H.R. 6842 is not expected to be called up for a vote in the Senate. Please know that while this may be an issue on which we disagree, it is helpful to hear the views of Californians. I will keep your thoughts in mind as the gun control debate continues.
Again, thank you for letter. I hope you will keep in touch on matters of importance to you. Best regards.
United States Senator