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MENDELSON STATEMENT ON THE “FIREARMS CONTROL EMERGENCY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2008”
“Although I wish we were not forced to lift our ban on handguns in the District, I am pleased, however, to be able to introduce legislation that will address key issues of our gun laws and serve to protect the public.
“The ‘Firearms Control Emergency Amendment Act of 2008’ will bridge the gap left by the Supreme Court’s decision while allowing the Council and the Executive to work together on addressing the District’s gun laws more fully in the coming weeks and months.
“Moving forward, the Council’s open and public deliberations on this important issue will give the residents of the District of Columbia as well as subject matter experts an opportunity to weigh in and help shape our new policies.
“Tomorrow’s legislation reflects a number of suggestions from colleagues, citizens, and the Executive. Collaboration is crucial, and I am looking forward to working with the Mayor, the Interim Attorney General, and the Chief of Police to develop permanent legislation that will help ensure the safety of those who live, work, and play in the District of Columbia.”
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