WASHINGTON – Gun rights advocates and those who support tougher firearms restrictions are giving D.C. Council members suggestions on how to craft new handgun legislation.
Wednesday's discussion comes nearly a week after the Supreme Court struck down the city's 32-year-old ban on handguns, ruling that Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense.
Council member Phil Mendelson introduced legislation Tuesday that still requires most firearms in the home to be kept unloaded and disassembled, but it adds an exemption for "immediate self-defense."
Those upset with the court's ruling are urging the council to maintain the strictest handgun regulations the law allows. They cited the need to protect children from accidents.
Gun rights advocates, however, urged the council not to overstep its authority. They criticized a ban on semi-automatic guns and other regulations, such as a waiting period for registration.