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Bill Introduced to Repeal Gun-Free
School Zones Federal Law
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Bill Introduced to Repeal Gun-Free
School Zones Federal Law

By Dean Weingarten on January 11th, 2017

Representative Thomas Massie, (R) KY, has re-introduced a bill to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990 and its amendments. It was found unconstitutional in 1995 in U.S. v Lopez. Then it was passed again, slightly modified, under pressure of President Bill Clinton and the establishment media in 1996. Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate Gun Free Zones, but he will need Congressional help for the GFSZA. The bill is numbered HR 34 for the 2017-18 Congress. Progress on the bill can be seen at congress.gov.

Representative Massie issued a press release on Thursday, January 5th. From massie.house.gov:

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......   .......

We regularly highlight aspects of 'gun-free-zones' and this one in particular has long been a contentious issue. It has become ever more obvious that maintaining schools as 'gun free' is totally out of date, if in fact it was ever at all the safety measure it was intended to be. It has been essentially just another example of 'gun control' and it is hoped this bill might succeed but, maybe we won't hold our breath!

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