Repeal of DC gun laws too much of a price for DC vote in Congress?

Apparently, legislation giving DC the right to vote can't come up until the House leadership figures out what to do about letting people in DC have guns. Letting DC have a vote in Congress has been a major goal for years, so it shows how strongly liberal Democrats must support having a gun ban. DC's new gun law still makes it exceedingly difficult for residents to own a handgun and use it for self defense.

Advocates for a bill that would add a vote for D.C. in Congress are asking supporters to call congressional leaders to revive the measure after it stalled in the House.

A controversial amendment that would repeal many D.C. gun laws has been attached to the voting rights bill and could derail the measure. The bill to add one vote in the House for heavily Democratic D.C. and another seat for Republican Utah passed the Senate last week -- the closest D.C. has come to a full vote in Congress in 30 years.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said Tuesday that House leaders put the bill on hold when they learned the National Rifle Association was pressuring its members to keep the gun measure in the bill. . . . .

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