Norton: Rubio-Garrett bill would allow out-of-state residents to carry guns in DC schools

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton. (SBG)

Following the Florida high school shooting, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is calling attention to a bill pending in Congress that would overturn federal and DC bans on guns in schools and would allow out-of-state residents to carry guns in DC schools.

The DC gun bill authored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) would eliminate almost all of DC’s gun safety laws, Norton said in a statement released Thursday.

“The Rubio-Garrett D.C. gun bill is straight from a National Rifle Association wish list,” Norton said. “The bill not only seeks to legalize assault weapons and large capacity magazines, which were both used by the Parkland high school shooter, but goes out of its way to allow guns in the District’s schools.”

Norton said she has blocked passage of previous versions of the bill for more than a decade.

“This bill was outrageous even before Parkland, and I call on Senator Rubio and Representative Garrett to disavow it now,” Norton said.

Rubio introduced the current version of the bill in 2015 before he announced his presidential bid, Norton said. After he filed the bill, the NRA raised his rating to an A from the previous B-plus, according to Norton.

Norton also called on Rubio and Garrett to withdraw their bill after the Las Vegas massacre in October 2017.

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