Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) today introduced the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015,” legislation to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia.
“In order to achieve the American Dream, people need to be able to live in safe communities and be able to protect themselves, their families and their properties from danger. The lawful exercise of the Second Amendment is part of what makes this possible,” said Rubio. “For years, the District of Columbia has infringed on its residents’ Second Amendment rights and rendered them vulnerable to criminals who could care less what the gun laws are. This legislation will finally allow D.C.’s law-abiding residents and visitors access to firearms for sporting or lawful defense of themselves and their homes, businesses and families.”
“Washington, D.C. has some of the harshest laws against gun owners in the nation,” Jordan said. “By rolling back unnecessary restrictions and protecting the rights of homeowners to protect themselves, this bill will make Washington, D.C. a safer place for law-abiding citizens, and will restore the original intent of the Second Amendment to our nation’s capital.”
The legislation would:
- Remove the authority of the D.C. Council to enact restrictive gun control measures;
- Conform D.C. law to federal law governing firearm commerce;
- Enable D.C. residents to obtain firearms from licensed dealers in Maryland and Virginia;
- Repeal D.C.’s onerous firearm registration system;
- Create a “shall-issue” permitting system for concealed carry, including provisions pertaining to background checks and firearm training;
- Create authority for private entities and secure public buildings to determine whether, or to what degree, firearms will be allowed on their premises.