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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2015
Paul’s Plan to Impose Weaker DC Gun Safety Laws Threatens Public Safety
Proposal runs counter to public opinion in the District
On the heels of a recent public opinion polls that shows a majority of D.C. residents support banning guns in the city entirely, Senator Rand Paul has proposed a bill that would put more guns on DC’s streets. Paul, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, has used DC as a laboratory to advance his personal political agenda on several occasions. His latest attempt to gain attention for his faltering Presidential bid comes at a time when District residents are expressing a high level of frustration and fear over gun violence.
“Senator Paul’s proposal cuts directly against how people in DC believe our leaders should address gun violence,” said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry. “Sadly, Paul appears willing to trade a stunt aimed at breathing some life into his presidential campaign for the lives of District residents. We will not stand by and allow him to use the District in this manner,” Perry said.
The District’s gun safety laws have been revised in keeping with the Second Amendment in the light of recent court decisions. Those new laws have been tested and mostly upheld by federal courts.