U.S. Representative Massie proposes repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

Posted by on January 7, 2015
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Congressman Thomas Massie outside his Congressional office in the Cannon office building in Washington, D.C. (Source: Gage Skidmore)

Congressman Thomas Massie outside his Congressional office in the Cannon office building in Washington, D.C. (Source: Gage Skidmore)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 86, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which was introduced by then senator Joseph Biden.

The Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990 made it “unlawful for any individual to knowingly possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.

The amendment was added in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 which was enacted September 30, 1996 at the urging of then US Attorney General, Janet Reno. These changes required that the firearm in question “has moved in or otherwise affects interstate commerce.” Virtually every firearm in circulation fits that description, so many believe this was just a semantics game to circumvent a Supreme Court Ruling

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, originally introduced the bill that Congressman Thomas Massie is now proposing to repeal the Federal Gun Free School Zone Act.

“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”

There have been 202 school shootings in the United States since the Gun Free School Zones Act was passed in 1990. There hasn’t been one mass shooting in the United States any place, except “gun free zones”.

Representative Massie 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.”

We don’t send our children to schools without fire extinguishers. Sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers are mandatory for their safety, but only celebrities and politicians get armed guards.

Cosponsors on the bill include: Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC).

Congressman Massie is Chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus in the 114th Congress.

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  • Kit Donner

    Yes, the anti gun faction thinks that people who like guns also like violence. They think that the primary purpose of guns is to kill people. I have no idea how many animals are killed by hunters for food and sport, how many predators are shot by farmers and ranchers to protect livestock or children. I have no idea how many animals are shot for being too aggressive toward humans. I would not be at all surprised to find that the number of animals killed with guns each year is much greater than the number of humans killed by guns each year. And the biggest classifications of humans killed by guns are suicides. And even so, far more suicides use weapons or other means that are not guns to try to kill themselves. In the hands of a skilled shooter fire arms are effective at long range on a rapidly moving target, but it takes time and practice to become that good.

    At short range a good blade can be as effective or more effective against other people with less practice time needed. Both knives and blunt instruments kill more people than guns, and more suicides are attempted with a knife or razor blade than with a gun. .

    Because people handle knives of some sort and blunt instruments like frying pans and baseball bats almost every day, people who are not :”gun nuts” associate firearms with violence against people far more than steak knives, cleavers,and other blades and much more than blunt objects. So if you have a neighbor who is anti-gum, encourage that neighbor to take a hunter safety course or a concealed carry class, and learn how seriously most “gun nuts,” take gun safety.

    It is easier to change someone’s mind if you courteously show what you know about something that they are less familiar with, rather than name calling or yelling. Try it.

  • mcrognale

    And the anti-gun hate begins in 3…2…1