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Bill to Repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) Introduced

Gun Free Zone Green Road Sign In Front of Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

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.

Gun Free Zone Green Road Sign In Front of Dramatic Clouds and Sky. 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.

“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.” The Safe Students Act has garnered the support of three major gun organizations: National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association.

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.”

There is no indication that the GFSZA has been effective in any way other than as propaganda demonizing guns and gun owners. Mass school shootings have dramatically increased after passage of the act. Federal prosecutors seem leery of bringing charges for fear of another Supreme Court fight. The first battle took place before U.S. v. Heller or McDonald, both seminal Second Amendment cases. It is hard to believe that a blanket ban on possessing arms outside the home within 1,000 feet of a school would pass Constitutional muster, given a Trump replacement for Justice Scalia.


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Comments (11)

  1. We already have ILLEGAL concealed carry nation wide. Every sane citizen with a clean criminal record should be able to LEGALLY carry concealed. However, it is the police who are going to apply the law and they do not have to be well informed about the law. Ignorance IS an excuse for police.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKfZQ5oKs1A

  2. Well Dragon I feel that most of the idiots you talk are like that is cause they are government officials who have paid for by us tax payers body guards who carry guns to protect them. So basically for us common folk they don’t care or give a damn about if we can defend our selves or not

    1. Uh-huh, Jacob…..Like it or not, our nation is pretty well sectioned into we common folk and the so-called “Ruling Class” that consists of elected officials along with what I choose to call the “Government Types”…..those who work for the government because it is a secure pretty well paying job, but are in it for themselves alone. The Government Types will always be there, since once they get into those Civil Service jobs, they are pretty well guaranteed employment despite the kind of work they actually perform. The elected officials, on the other hand, are subject to being fired by the actions of voters at the ballot box.

      The election of Donald Trump serves as excellent example of the latter course of action at the ballot box. The left-wing liberal zealot gun grabbers were so sure of Hillary’s election that they didn’t even hide their disdain for us and our concerns. It was a real piece of poetic justice that Mr. Trump won the election in the face of all the pundits and pollsters predicting a Clinton victory. Our Congress is in serious need of redress, to include establishment of term limits, and until that end is achieved, it will be up to the voters to impose those term limits with their votes.

      I, for one, am looking very much forward to seeing how things go once President Trump actually gets into the driver’s seat. It should be very interesting, and I anticipate some positive changes will be forthcoming.

    2. I had one of those jobs for 22+ years. Worked in & supervised a machine shop the last 18 years. Most of the men hated my guts nearly from the day I began working there. Union reps warned me about running 2 machines at the same time & raised hell with me when I wouldn’t sign their petitions.
      It always appeared to me as though the union rewarded those that were below average & hurt those who were above average. I always spoke up when unions would protect the lazy ones who spent more time talking or sitting on their asses looking out the windows, while running a machine so slow they could read a chapter from a “paper book”novel of sorts between cuts. In my shop that crap came to a stop when I took one in less than 5 years. Three of them retired within the first 2 years & one transferred to another shop. The remainder of my crew put out more work that work than the total number employees before the 3 of then retired, etc.
      I completely agree with what you wrote.
      The union spent a lot of time trying to get rid of me, but it was simple to keep my bases covered with document fact on how I ran that shop. It was the only completely self-supported shop on campus when I was in charge & the remaining men I had left were pleased to have the highest rated shop on campus. Most of them I had hired came from a non-union job shop.

  3. The hell with just repealing gun free school zones only a bill should be introduce to repeal all gun free zones PERIOD. Until that happens you still going to have terriost out there who are going to go after institution with those stupid little stickers on them. Terriost don’t care a damn about any of these cause all they want to do is KILL as many people as possible and get away with it. Maybe just Maybe if more armed people are around they will not get as far with there murdering before they will be stopped. It take one person with the right training to be in the right spot at the right time to stop some one who want to commit as much damage as they can. I also think that our governments should fined any of these business who think they can just buy illegal no gun signs and put them up. I look at any sign to see if they are legal or have any of the required state or federal codes on them, if they do not I will and do call those businesses on it. I also will not go into any business that has these illegal sign on them unless I have no choice.

  4. Remember how this all came about? Gang-bangers were bringing guns to school in the war zones that pass for our major cities. Since these cities are usually Demo-crap controlled they are already gun-controlled, but that totally failed. Instead of armed guards and metal detectors at the doors to keep students really safe, they didn’t want the little children to feel like they were heading into a prison instead of a school. So, they effectively disarmed everyone across the nation that could legally carry in a school across the nation, inventing the first “Gun-Free Death Zones”. Until then, school mass murders were extremely rare, the worst happening in the 1920’s in Maine, and the bad guy used explosives not firearms. Guns in schools were never really the problem, it is criminals in schools. But hey, they deserve an education too, right?

    The time has come to do away with the blanket permission slip of murderers to do their deeds with impunity, while those of us that could stop them are held in check. In the meantime, or if this does not become law, do as I do, and carry anyways. I will hopefully NEVER have to defend the helpless, but if I do, I will have a chance to be alive to tell the tale. I carried just last night in a live performance theater with about 3,000 patrons, where ALL weapons are banned. They do not check though, so remembering Bataclan in Paris, I carried anyway. I am sure I was not alone.

  5. While our left-wing liberal zealot brethren are never likely to give up on their attempts to limit the Second Amendment rights of We The People to keep and bear arms, the establishment of so-called “gun free zones”, has proven to be the most outlandish means of infringement on our rights. The news reports…..from mostly jaded media outlets…..continue to tell us, despite their prejudice against firearms, that any venue that has been declared as off-limits to firearms is essentially like hanging out a “Welcome” sign to any and all criminals, lunatics, and anybody who happened to get out of the wrong side of their bed that day…..to come in and shoot the place up.

    The logic behind “gun free zones” completely escapes the reasoning of a thoughtful, discerning person, since it is widely known that one who might be looking for a place to do his/her nefarious dirty work will gravitate to a place where the chances of being engaged by a lawful carrier of firearms are pretty slim. It also escapes our reasoning as to just why such places as hospitals, any and all government buildings, churches, and schools are arbitrarily placed off-limits to any lawful citizen who happens to be carrying a firearm for his/her self defense. We lawful carriers are NOT the threat. ‘Fact is, as Wayne LaPierre of the NRA sagely commented…..”The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. Why the powers that be continue to ignore this truth seems to be an indicator that their efforts at gun control are really nothing more than efforts at people control.

  6. Not only does the law not make it safer, it also causes a person with a valid concealed carry license from another state, who happens to be carrying, to be in violation by just driving on a public street or highway if they happen to be within the 1000 ft of a school… even if they weren’t aware that there was a school in the area.

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