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Washington DC Gun Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

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While officials in Washington, D.C., continue to wrestle with gun laws after the district’s ban on carrying handguns was ruled unconstitutional in July, activists on both sides of the debate have weighed in with heated arguments to support their positions.

Here are some recent quotes regarding emergency legislation passed Sept. 23 that allows residents and visitors to apply for concealed-carry permits if they meet strict requirements, including showing a need to carry a weapon.

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• "This bill ensures that we will be able to meet the requirements of the Constitution while maintaining the maximum amount of safeguards possible to protect our residents, visitors, workers and public-safety officers." – Mayor Vincent Gray

"The court instructed the city to treat the carrying of handguns as a right rooted in the constitutional interest in self-defense. It’s not much progress to move from a system where licenses are not available to a system where licenses are only available if the city feels like issuing them. It’s something of a joke." – Alan Gura, an attorney for D.C. residents and workers who challenged the ban.

• "The entire District of Columbia should be a no-carry zone. ... I think we're stuck at the moment.'' – Democratic Councilmember Mary Cheh

"If it looks like we’re being cranks ... and we don’t want anyone to get a license, we’re in trouble in court. I do think this will survive a [legal] challenge." – D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson

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"We’re obviously going to continue to fight this." – Robert Melvin, grass-roots coordinator for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action

• "Living in a high-crime area is not sufficient to establish the good cause. Getting death threats, being the victim of domestic violence and having the threats or reoccurrence, that would be good cause. It has to be personalized. It has to be something specific." – Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan

"As a reviewer, my job is to make sure you’re in the compliance of the law. There is no opinion in the law." – D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier

• "In America, the police don’t determine what rights we have good reason to enjoy. You don’t need a good reason to speak, to worship, to vote or to carry a gun for self-defense.”
– Alan Gura

• "We really don’t want to move forward with allowing more guns in the District of Columbia, but we all know we have to be compliant with what the courts say." – D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor

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While officials in Washington, D.C., continue to wrestle with gun laws after the district's ban on carrying handguns was ruled unconstitutional in July, activists on both sides of the debate have weighed in with heated arguments to support their positions.
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