A Republican member of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that would repeal gun-free school zones in the United States, calling them “unconstitutional.”
Press Release: U.S. Representative Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act http://t.co/r32qLe36xf
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Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., introduced the Safe Students Act Tuesday. The bill, if signed into law, would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. Under current law, it is “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or as reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.”
The pro-Second Amendment bill was originally introduced by former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in 2007. Original cosponsors included Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.; and Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.
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Massie, chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus, criticized gun-free school zones in a statement Wednesday. “Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” he said. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”
The third-term Republican from Kentucky’s 4th District concluded:
A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional. They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.
h/t: Eagle Rising