Shortly after President Joe Biden renewed his call for stricter gun control laws, a number of pro-Second Amendment members of Congress are looking at eliminating gun-free zones on school grounds.
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced HR 7415 – known as the Safe Student Act –which could repeal the Gun-free School Zones Act of 1990.
The bill is an updated version of former Congressman Ron Paul’s (R-KY) 2007 bill that repeals the Gun-free School Zones Act.
Massie’s bill would repeal the blanket ban on firearms on school and college campuses. The hope, according to Massie, is state and local officials, along with individual school boards, would have the power to decide the policies.
“Gun-free zones are ineffective and make our schools less safe. Since 1950, 98 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in places where citizens are banned from having guns,” Massie said in a statement. “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.”
Gun Owners of America instantly came out in support of the legislation.
“GOA is proud to support Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill to repeal the unconstitutional Gun-Free School Zones Act which disarms parents and teachers and leaves our childrens’ schools as soft targets for violent criminals,” Aidan Johnston, Gun Owners of America’s Director of Federal Affairs, said in a statement. “‘Gun-free’ zones infringe on the right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding citizens, and the federal government has no business prohibiting firearms in certain locations.”
Original co-sponsors of the bill include Republican Representatives Andy Biggs (AZ), Lauren Boebert (CO), Mo Brooks (AL), James Comer (KY), Andrew Clyde (GA), Jeff Duncan (SC), Matt Gaetz (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jody Hice (GA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Tom McClintock (CA), Mary Miller (IL), Alex Mooney (WV), Matt Rosendale (MT), and Chip Roy (TX).