Current federal law making it illegal to bring guns into or near schools should be abolished, says Rep. Thomas Massie. The freshman KY Republican introduced legislation to that effect on the first day of Congress, arguing the zones are "ineffective".
"They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments," Massie said in a statement, reported the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Gun free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals."
Massie said his legislation is in answer to calls from President Barack Obama and others for tougher gun restrictions after the Dec. 14 elementary school shootings in Newtown, CT, that left 20 children and six staff members dead. In AZ, Attorney General Tom Horne recently proposed legislation that would allow each school in the state to train and arm its principal or another staff member.
Massie said his bill is similar to one first introduced by then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), in 2007 that had no co-sponsors and languished in a House committee. Massie is considered one of the more libertarian-leaning Republicans to join Congress. He co-sponsored the gun-free zones schools with Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who previously served a single House term 1995-97. In Stockman's earlier House tenure he was known as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment.
Via the Louisville Courier-Journal.