By Steve Gunn
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas congressman has introduced legislation that would repeal the federal law that prohibits firearms in school zones.
U.S. Rep. Steven Stockman, a Republican, was working with a group called Gun Owners of America to craft the legislation before last month’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, according to Rollcall.com.
He’s now looking for sponsors to repeal the 1995 law that prohibits the possession of a firearm on the campus of any public or private schools or within 1,000 feet of school property.
Stockman currently has one co-sponsor and is reportedly looking for more.
“Not only have so-called ‘gun-free school zones’ proven to be anything but that, they appear to have placed our children in even greater danger,” said Stockman, who apparently believes gunmen may be looking or targets where there is little or no resistance. “The time has come to end the deadly experiment of disarming peaceable, law-abiding citizens near schools.”
Several other members of Congress have voiced support for such a repeal, according to the website. The National Rifle Association wants the government to ditch the law and pay for armed police to patrol all American schools.
A previous bill that would have repealed the gun-free schools law, sponsored in 1997 by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, died in committee with very little support. Stockman’s bill will probably fare at least somewhat better due to the Newtown tragedy.
Many national and state teachers unions have taken the opposing point of view, saying the Newtown shootings underscored the need to keep all types of firearms away from schools, regardless of who carries them.