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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Augustine Kim
The House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution Friday that expresses the sense of Congress that active duty military living or stationed in the District of Columbia should have the right to carry a gun. The measure sponsored by Rep. Phil Gingrey, Georgia Republican, was passed by voice vote as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes the Pentagon’s budget for 2014.
Americans choose to take to the roads for va- cations and to visit friends and family on Memorial Day. Often, they'll bring their firearms with them for sport or personal protection, and it's perfectly legal under federal law.
The active duty soldier who had his guns confiscated by the District of Columbia two years ago will have his property returned by Memorial Day. It took the help of a high-powered lawyer, two U.S. Senators, a member of Congress and national publicity to force the obstinate District to show some respect for the Constitution. It should never happen again.
Republicans are trying to ensure the District respects the full constitutional rights of our military personnel.
The District grabbed the guns belonging to 1st Lt. Augustine Kim and won't give them back. Two years ago, the South Carolina Army national guardsman had been injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Now he's fighting to restore his constitutional rights.
I told them I had been under the impression that as long as the guns were locked in the back, with the ammunition separate, that I was allowed to transport them," Lt. Kim told The Washington Times.
'That may be true, however, since you stopped at Walter Reed, that makes you in violation of the registration laws.'