The House voted late Thursday to urge the District of Columbia to allow U.S. troops to carry personal firearms within the nation’s capital — and the city’s non-voting member of Congress is vowing a fight to try to block the move.
By voice vote the House passed the measure, which expresses the “sense of Congress” that active-duty military personnel who live or work in Washington should be exempt from the city’s strict gun-control laws. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Georgia Republican, sponsored the amendment, which was attached to the annual defense policy bill.
But Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the city’s representative to Congress, said she’ll rally fellow Democrats who control the Senate to try to remove the language when the defense policy bill goes to that chamber.
“We will fight every attack on our rights as a local government, particularly when we are singled out for unique treatment,” she said.