The Washington Post seems to be reporting that D.C. voting rights advocates are optimistic that the gun rights “GOP Amendment” can be stripped from the bill.Â GOP amendment?Â Yeah, that’s why it passed with 62 votes.
The House is expected to pass its version of the bill next week without any gun language. The differences between the bills will have to be hashed out in a conference between the chambers.
“That’s why you have conferences. I’m sure there will be an effort to fix this,” said Tom Davis, the former Republican congressman from Virginia who was the original architect of the bill. He said the legislation appeared to have enough support to pass without the gun amendment attached.
Says Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:
Hoyer branded the gun amendment “inappropriate and wrong,” telling the Politics Program on WTOP (103.5 FM): “I hope it won’t be in the final product.”
Seems pretty appropriate to me.Â If they want representation in the federal government, they have to follow the federal constitution.Â Apparently Hoyer thinks that’s wrong an inappropriate.
The amendment drew widespread support, he said, because “people don’t want to vote against the National Rifle Association.”
But, he added, if the amendment was dropped, legislators could approve the bill and still get credit for their pro-gun stance in the earlier vote.
“You can have your cake and eat it, too,” he said.
He’s quite likely right about this, but as I pointed out before, the benefit is getting the Senate on record, and demonstrating to President Obama that he’s not going to get a break on this issue.Â The stars lined up in our favor, and we moved on it.
For example, 26 states, including Maryland and Virginia, have laws requiring safe storage for guns. Virginia, Maryland and California have laws limiting buyers to one handgun purchase a month. A dozen states, including Maryland, require handgun owners to register their weapons with authorities or obtain licenses to possess them.
A dozen states?Â A half dozen maybe, but I think they need to review state laws on this matter.