WASHINGTON — The House has approved a spending bill with an amendment attached that would undo the District of Columbia’s longstanding gun-control laws.
The bill approved Wednesday afternoon would also block the district from implementing its new law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. The pot law takes effect Thursday, and it’s not clear what the effect of retroactive Congressional action would be.
The gun amendment was introduced by first-term Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and approved on a voice vote.
Residents of the nation’s capital must register handguns every three years, complete a safety course and be fingerprinted, among other requirements. The Massie amendment would get rid of all those.
The fate of the amendments will likely depend on negotiations between the House, Senate and White House.