WASHINGTON – House leaders have agreed to allow a vote next month on a bill that would end local handgun control in the District of Columbia.
The measure was filed last week by several conservative Democrats, and supporters say it has a good chance of passing the House. Its prospects in the Senate are unclear.
The Supreme Court struck down the city's 32-year-old handgun ban in June. Since then, D.C. lawmakers have passed emergency legislation that maintains strict regulations.
The House bill seeks to eliminate those measures.
The legislation would allow D.C. residents to own handguns without registering them with police if they meet federal requirements for firearms ownership.
The bill also would end a requirement that owners keep their handguns unloaded and disassembled in their homes and would repeal the city's ban on most semiautomatic handguns.