Thomas Massie introduces bill allowing guns in schools

Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie
Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie introduced a bill that would allow people to bring guns into schools.

Massie, R-4th District, introduced the Citizens Protection Act of 2013 on the first day of the new Congress. The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul in 2007, would repeal the Gun Free School Zone Act of 1990 that made 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."

Massie, along with Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, introduced bills calling for the removal of gun-free school zones after mounting pressure from President Obama and others for heightened gun restrictions.

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

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."

The bill was one of ten total bills introduced to the 113th Congress dealing with gun control. All but two of the measures introduced advocated for more restrictions on firearms.

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