WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. However, now there's been another attempt to get rid of them.

It comes in the form of an amendment to an appropriations bill pushed through the House by Congressman Thomas Massie (D-Ky) which would take away money to enforce those laws.

That has raised a red flag for city leaders and gun control advocates.

Massie says D.C.'s tough gun control laws did not prevent Aaron Alexis from getting the gun he used the Navy Yard shooting. Alexis bought his rifle in Northern Virginia.

He says there's no evidence that the gun ban has reduced crime in the city.

However Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) says removing the controls present a "clear and present danger" to the city's over 600,000 residents, 20 million visitors and federal workers.

D.C.'s gun control laws include, registration, background checks, bans assault type weapons and restrictions on some types of ammunition.

Massie says he does not expect his amendment to survive a vote in the US Senate and actually stop enforcement of the laws.

Under D.C.'s home rule law, Congress has ultimate control over much of what the city government does. That has been a thorn in the side of D.C. leaders for decades.