Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

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Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie

WASHINGTON, D.C. –-( On Monday, U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 34, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.

The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to 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.

“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.”

The Safe Students Act has garnered the support of two major gun organizations: Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association.

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.”

As John Lott, author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, writes in The Columbus Dispatch, “Would you feel safer posting a sign announcing your home is a gun-free zone? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. So why do we display these signs in public places?”

Cosponsors include: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX). Representative Massie is Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus in the 115th Congress.

  • 9 thoughts on “Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

    1. I believe all these anti gunner should post gun free zone signs in the front yard of their homes that should deter burglars.

    2. These are the kind of laws that need to be passed. I have gone to Federal Buildings as well and being a HONEST LAW ABIDING CITIZEN told the gate security that I was carrying a weapon and the guard told me to go park over on a side street OFF THE FEDERAL PROPERTY. I disarmed myself leaving my weapon in the car hidden and then went inside to do my business that I needed, my weapon was unprotected locked in the car while I was inside the building. I do agree that I cannot carry into the building but see no reason why I cannot park in the parking area where the guard can watch over my property while I am inside the building. THESE “GUN FREE ZONES” ONLY HARASS THE LAW ABIDING AND DO NOTHING TO PREVENT CRIMINALS FROM DOING WHAT THEY WANT.

      1. Harassment and inconvenience are the purpose of almost all the gun laws. The fact they don’t work is a selling point for more gun control

        The Unarmed Victim Zone attracts rather than deters violence. Even for those allowed to carry inside a schools zone lawfully, such a authorized teachers, actually discharging a gun inside the school zone in lawful self-defense is a crime. Only police officers “on duty” are allowed by Title 18 922(q) .

        The shooting today at Ft. Lauderdale happened in a gun free zone without any armed guards present. In Florida has at least 1.3 million concealed carry licenses issued. Yet the Florida law seems to have been written to not inconvenience the killer.

    3. All the data indicates the path to school safety is armed protection. But because there are no panaceas, it’s predictable that another shooting will occur and leftists everywhere will howl that it didn’t work and Lott’s wrong. Over the long term, school shootings will disappear and mass shootings will decline.

      1. I don’t recall reading about very many mass shootings before all the Brady Brats, Certified Disarmed Victim Zone, Mother May I Cards to carry, etc, came in. Seems the only such issues we had before all that garbage were gang turf wars, and bootlegging during Prohibitiion. Seems as soon as “our protectors” began telling US where we can’t protect ourselves we began to need a lot MORE protection, which was rarely where we needed it when we needed it.

        They seem to have forgotten that “the security of a free state” is OUR responsibility, precisely WHY that Second Article of Ammendment declares that the right of THE PEOPLE shall not be infringed. We MUST have the tools to do our job, and the freedom to have those tools availalable when and where we need them.

        1. Don’t forget that a “school shooting” doesn’t mean what you think it means any more. A shooting anywhere near a school, even if it doesn’t happen at the school or involve any of the students is still a school shooting. Because the GFSZ extends 1000 feet in all directions. Gangbanger shoots up a party at midnight on the same block as the school? That’s a school shooting.

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