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Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, noted the amendment would only allow residents from other jurisdictions to enjoy greater gun rights in the District, without expanding the rights of D.C residents.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Mr. Poe said. “And it seems like the gander is getting the gun and the goose is getting cooked.”

Several left-leaning members of the committee also raised objections about the intrusion on the District’s home rule.

“To open this question and override or not collaborate with the mayor and members of the city council is arrogant on our part,” Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat, said. “We can’t use the District of Columbia as a laboratory.”

The committee recessed debate on the overall bill until Friday morning.