National Capital Security and Safety Act (2008)

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As introduced in the House, the National Capital Security and Safety Act of 2008 (H.R. 6842) would have required the District of Columbia to modify its firearms laws in order to comply with the requirements set out by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.[1]

The bill was later amended to repeal a number of the District's restrictions on firearms ownership, including the

  • registration requirement for possession of firearms[2]
  • requirement that licensed firearms dealers keep records of ammunition received into inventory and ammunition sold or transferred[2]
  • the requirement that firearms in the possession of individuals (other than law enforcement personnel) must be kept unloaded, disassembled, or with the trigger locked, unless the firearm is kept at an individual's place of business, or while being used for lawful recreational purposes within the District of Columbia.[2]

Passage in House

The amended version of the bill passed the House on September 17, 2008 by a vote of 266-152.

Same for all scorecards:

Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye


"Passage of a bill to repeal District of Columbia laws prohibiting firearms possession, including the possession of semiautomatic firearms. It would repeal the District's requirements that firearms be registered and that firearms be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home. It would eliminate criminal penalties for possessing firearms in the home and allow the District's residents to purchase firearms in Maryland and Virginia."

(Original scorecard available at:

The bill never reached a vote in the Senate.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform information page on H.R. 6842 (111th Congress).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Summary as of 9/17/2008--Passed House Amended for H.R. 6842, Congressional Research Service, hosted on THOMAS.

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