McEachin Disagrees with Fellow VA Congressman on Proposed D.C. Gun Law; “This is Why D.C. Voters Deserve Home Rule”

April 1, 2017
Press Release

RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) criticized fellow Virginia Congressman Tom Garrett’s legislation that will aim to alter the gun laws in Washington, D.C. 

“Congressman Garrett feels empowered to introduce a gun law bill that will impact the residents of the District of Columbia because we have not successfully passed legislation that will allow the District to govern themselves. Members of Congress are elected to introduce legislation that either aims to better serve their constituents, this bill is directly aimed to change the rules of one Congressional District that Mr. Garrett was not elected to represent in the House of Representatives.” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “D.C. residents deserve the minimal benefits of living in a democracy which means their laws are not made by someone with no connection to them. What is happening is anti-democratic and should not be taken seriously in the House of Representatives.”

H.R. 1537 the ‘Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2017’ would threaten the safety of the District of Columbia’s residents and create challenges for Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council, officials who were elected by their constituents, to act in their best interest related to gun laws. “The citizens of Washington, DC should be allowed to make their own decisions," added McEachin.

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