Norton Releases First Detalis of Tester-McCain/Childers Gun Bill in Preparation for Meeting Wed

May 4, 2010
Press Release

Norton Releases First Details of Tester-McCain/Childers Gun Bill in Preparation for Meeting with Grassroots Coalition Wednesday 

WASHINGTON, DC - In preparing to welcome a home-rule, gun-control coalition on Wednesday, May 5, 12:30 p.m., Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the first detailed list of the provisions of the Tester-McCain-Childers gun bill.  Norton will meet with the families of children killed in the recent mass drive-by shooting, Kenny Barnes, founder, ROOT Inc., members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign and DC Vote tomorrow before the coalition's scheduled meeting with the staff of Sen. Jon Tester.  After her meeting with the coalition on Wednesday to discuss strategies for defeating identical gun bills in the House and Senate, she will release excerpts of a letter she earlier sent to Senate and House Democratic leaders, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) detailing the harm to home-rule, and hometown and official Washington posed by the bills introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), John McCain (R-AZ) and Representative Travis Childers (D-MS), and urgently asking for their help in preventing passage of the bills. 

"The National Rifle Association's gun proposals have already done incredible harm to D.C. voting rights," Norton said.  "We must not hand them the victory they most want by depriving our city of the right to defend itself.  I am grateful that the victims of last month's massacre are not standing alone, but have been joined by the voting rights coalition and organizations that have always stood up for our right to enact gun safety laws.  Together we must expose Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate who profess to be for self-government, and then sponsor bills to take away the self-governing rights of the District of Columbia, even though the federal courts have now found the District's new gun laws to be constitutional."

Below is the detailed list of the provisions of the Tester-McCain-Childers proposed gun bills.

McCain-Tester/Childers D.C. Gun Bill

  1. Permits D.C. residents to carry concealed weapons.
  2. Permits D.C. to regulate, but apparently not prohibit, the carrying of guns in public, openly or concealed. 
  3. Repeals D.C.'s ban on assault weapons, including .50 caliber rifles.
  4. Prohibits residential and commercial property owners from banning tenants from having guns on their property.
  5. Bars D.C. from prohibiting guns in District-owned and controlled buildings and structures that do not have certain security measures in place, which could include elementary schools and recreation centers, but D.C. cannot prevent private tenants of city-owned and controlled buildings and structures from bringing guns into them, regardless of the security measures in place.  
  6. Prevents D.C. from making changes to its gun laws in the future.
  7. Creates the only exception to federal law by permitting D.C. residents to make handgun purchases in person outside their home jurisdiction, in this case in Maryland and Virginia.
  8. Repeals D.C.'s ban on large capacity ammunition feeding devices (i.e., magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds).
  9. Repeals D.C.'s gun registration requirements.
  10. Repeals D.C.'s limitation on the number of handguns that can be purchased per month.
  11. Repeals D.C.'s 10-day waiting period to buy handguns and rifles.  There would only be a 48-hour waiting period for handguns.
  12. Repeals D.C.'s categories of prohibited possessors; for example, a person who was voluntarily committed to a mental institution could buy a gun.
  13. Repeals D.C.'s gun training requirements.
  14. May permit sales in D.C. between individuals without a background checks.
  15. Repeals D.C.'s design safety standards for handguns.
  16. Repeals D.C.'s requirement of microstamping for semiautomatic handguns.
  17. Repeals D.C.'s requirement of ballistics testing for handguns.

•18.  Reduces penalties if a child is injured by a negligently stored gun.