House Republicans Re-Introduce Bill To Repeal Gun-Free Zones At U.S. Schools

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill this week that would do away with gun-free school zones.Screengrab/CNN/YouTube

"Gun-free zones are ineffective and make our schools less safe," Rep. Thomas Massie argued on Tuesday.

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie introduced this week a bill that would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act, as Republicans seek to eliminate an outright ban on firearms in school areas, according to a Newsweek report.

The bill would abolish the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act, which states that it is "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."

The cosponsors of the H.R. 3200 Safe Students Act, as the proposal is called, include Republicans Justin Amash of Michigan, Jody Hice of Georgia, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, James Comer of Kentucky and Reps. Louie Gohmert and Brian Babin of Texas.

Former Texas representative Ron Paul attempted (but failed) to repeal the bill in 2007. Massie himself tried to abolish the Act in two previous legislative sessions

While attempts to defeat the Gun-Free School Zones Act in the legislature have invariably failed, the text of the law was modified in 1995 after the Supreme Court Case found its original formulation to be unconstitutional.

The Kentucky lawmaker argued the 1990 law makes schools less safe and listed a number of cases in which gun holders allegedly stopped mass public shootings.

"Gun-free zones are ineffective and make our schools less safe. Close to 98 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places where citizens are banned from having guns. Banks, churches, sports stadiums, and many of my colleagues in Congress are protected with firearms. Yet children inside the classroom are too frequently left vulnerable," Massie said in a press release on Tuesday.

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