A proposed gun amendment to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act could triple gun purchases, increase gun violence in the region, hamstring District and U.S. Capitol police and could hinder a major terrorist attack, according to U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

At a hearing last week convened by Norton, federal and District officials in law enforcement and emergency management said the gun amendment would have an adverse impact on homeland security.

“Before us today is whether appointed and elected federal officials, employees, visitors and the federal presence would be more or less secure under the Ensign gun amendment, which would allow military style weapons, including .50 caliber armor-piercing guns to be legally possessed, without limit on the number, in the nation’s capital,” Norton said last week during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

Norton said the nation’s capital ranks in the top four areas at risk for terrorist threats along with New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

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