Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) continues to be a firearm owner and liberty lover’s best friend in Congress. This week, the Kentucky Congressman put forward a bill to repeal the Federal Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990.
Massie, who heads a pro-Second Amendment Caucus in the House, introduced the bill H.R. 34 “the Safe Students Act” on Monday, which would repeal the 1990 law that was initially ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1995. It was later revised and had not been challenged since.
“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” Massie said in a statement. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”
“The Safe Students Act” has received the endorsement of all three major gun organizations: The National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and National Association of Gun Rights.
“A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional,” Massie continued. “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.”
Former Rep. Ron Paul originally tried to repeal the Federal Gun-Free School Zone Act back in 2007 to no avail.