Massie Files Bill to Repeal Gun Free Schools Act, Explains Vote Against Boehner
Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican from Lewis County, has filed a bill to repeal the Gun Free Schools Zone Act of 1990. “Gun free school zones are ineffective," Massie said in a news release. "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.”
The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, repeals the Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which 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.” 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.
Massie calls his bill the Citizens Protection Act of 2013 which comes on the heels of mounting pressure from President Obama and others for heightened gun restrictions.
“A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem," Massie said. "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.”
Explains Vote Against Boehner
Massie was one of nine Republicans to cast a vote for someone other than John Boehner, the West Chester, Ohio Republican reelected as Speaker of the House Thursday. Massie voted for Libertarian-minded Republican Justin Amash of Michigan who was booted from the House budget committee in December by Boehner after several votes that went against party leadership. Massie spoke to Brian Thomas of 550 WKRC-AM radio in Cincinnati Friday morning.
"We reelected the Speaker of the Houser and I have nothing against him, I like the man, he's a wonderful man, he's even more likable in person than kind of the gruffness you see on TV," Massie told Thomas, "but we need to change course and you can't do it with the same leadership."
"I'm also concerned that we get another Plan B or another fiscal cliff-like deal where we increase spending," Massie said. Plan B is a reference to Boehner's alternative to the fiscal cliff deal approved by Congress this week that extended tax cuts for most Americans. Plan B did not have enough Republican support to get a vote. Massie voted against the fiscal cliff deal, charging that it increases spending by the federal government.
"The reason I did not vote for the Plan B or the so-called remedy to the fiscal cliff (by the way, the fiscal cliff was manufactured by Congress, too, and now they've ridden in on a white horse and saved us all), it kicks the can down the road," Massie said. "When Republicans get together they are going to cut taxes and increase spending. This wasn't really a tax cut, it was a tax deferral."