House adds amendment that could undo DC gun-laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has added an amendment to a spending bill that would undo the District of Columbia's gun-control laws.

The amendment was introduced Wednesday by first-term Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and approved on a voice vote. The House is expected to vote on the spending bill later Wednesday.

A 2008 Supreme Court decision struck down the District's longstanding ban on handgun possession. Residents of the nation's capital must register handguns every three years, complete a safety course and be fingerprinted, among other requirements. The Massie amendment would get rid of all those.

The spending bill has already been amended to block the District from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. The fate of the amendments will likely depend on negotiations between the House, Senate and White House.

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