House GOP to DC: Guns OK, pot dangerous

Posted Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won't be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carrying a semi-automatic rifle.

The GOP-controlled House approved a spending bill Wednesday that would undo the District's gun-control laws and its law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District in Congress but cannot vote on the House floor, called the gun amendment dangerous and pledged to defeat it.

The Senate will have its own version of the spending bill, and the fate of the amendments will be decided in negotiations between the House, Senate and White House.

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