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D.C. Young Republicans Ask City Council to Respect Right to Self Defense

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Yenie Tran Wednesday, March 15, 2006 Yenie.Tran@dcyrs.org Ph: 202.415.8529 D.C. Young Republicans Call Upon City Council to
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Contact: Yenie Tran
      Wednesday, March 15, 2006
      Yenie.Tran@...
      Ph: 202.415.8529

      D.C. Young Republicans Call Upon City Council
      to Respect Self-defense Rights of Law-abiding Citizens

      (Washington, D.C.) – The District of Columbia Young Republicans
      (DCYR), one of the largest Republican grassroots organizations
      focused on the District, Monday night called upon the City Council of
      the District of Columbia to amend the District law banning possession
      of handguns by law-abiding citizens to allow the possession of such
      firearms within the home for the purposes of self-defense.

      The resolution also embraces the "right to carry" position and calls
      upon the City Council to hold hearings on the creation of a Citizen
      Marshal program, consisting of a certified gun safety course and
      training for those citizens that pass a mandatory background check,
      that would permit possession of a concealed firearm for the purpose
      of crime prevention. Such a law would be within the American
      mainstream, given that 46 states permit concealed carrying of
      firearms under some circumstances. The resolution passed nearly
      unanimously.

      "The problems of gun-control in the District require a creative
      solution," said resolution co-sponsor Derek Hodgins. "It has become
      obvious that the current gun-control laws are inadequate in terms of
      deterring violent crime. This resolution supports the idea of gun-
      control with responsibility, allowing law-abiding citizens the
      ability to be trained to supplement the efforts of the Metropolitan
      Police Department to keep our streets safe."

      DCYR is one of the fastest-growing grassroots organizations in the
      District. The DCYR has approximately 90 dues-paying members between
      the ages of 18 and 40 who live or work in the District. DCYRs
      actively support candidates for office as well as forge social
      connections within the group that can lead to career advancement.
      For information on how to join the organization, please contact Vice
      Chair of Membership Kathleen Allen at Kathleen.Allen@... or
      visit the website www.dcyrs.org.

      The text of the resolution:

      DCYR Resolution Concerning D.C. Gun Control Laws
      Adopted March 13, 2006

      Cosponsors: Kris Hammond, Derek Hodgins

      Whereas every individual has a fundamental right to defend him or
      herself, or another, from an imminent threat of death or bodily harm;

      Whereas since 1976 D.C. gun control laws absolutely bar law-abiding
      citizens from possessing handguns for self-defense purposes;

      Whereas 46 states permit concealed carrying of firearms in some
      circumstances and 38 states permit the practice with few restrictions;

      Whereas nearly 200 more people each year continue to be murdered in
      the District despite 30 years of draconian gun control laws;

      Whereas right-to-carry states have on average 21% lower total violent
      crime, 28% lower murder, 43% lower robbery, and 13% lower aggravated
      assault, compared to the rest of the country;


      Therefore be it resolved that:

      The D.C. Young Republicans call upon the Council of the District of
      Columbia:

      (a) To amend the District law banning possession of handguns by
      law-abiding citizens to allow the possession of such firearms within
      the home for the purposes of self-defense.

      (b) To hold hearings on the creation of a Citizen Marshal
      program, consisting of a certified gun safety course and training for
      those citizens that pass a mandatory background check, that would
      permit possession of a concealed firearm for the purpose of crime
      prevention.
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