Washington D.C. Statehood is a Gun Control Issue
By Chris Eger
Up until 2008, Washington D.C. had a ban on personal handgun ownership, a prohibition only scrapped after the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional. (Photo: Guns.com)
Anti-gun advocates are all-in when it comes to making the current District of Columbia America’s 51st State.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. House voted 232-180 last week along party lines in favor of H.R. 51, a move introduced by Washington D.C.’s non-voting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, to grant statehood to the District. Not a single Republican voted for the measure, which some openly decried as unconstitutional, while the White House signaled disapproval.
Meanwhile, national gun control groups backed by billionaire former Democratic Presidental candidates applauded the prospect of the planned new state of “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.” Such a new entity, the 20th largest city in the country and the smallest state in size, would immediately have two new voting seats in the U.S. Senate, and one in the House.
“D.C. statehood is a gun safety issue,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety in a statement. “It is disgraceful that voters in the District have been excluded from the national legislative conversation for so many years — especially when it comes to gun violence prevention. The