Recent Tucson Shooting Spurs New Gun Bill

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 5:18pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The recent shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona has encouraged a congressman to support gun control legislation.

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, R-AZ, has led Peter King, R-NY, to propose a bill that would not allow people from carrying guns with a 1,000 feet of high-profile federal officials.

“Legislation which would make it a federal crime to carry a weapon within 1,000 feet of any event which is attended by the President, the Vice President, members of the Senate, members of the House of Representatives, Cabinet officials, including the CIA director as well as federal judges,” said King.

King said he planned on introducing the bill within the next few weeks. He said he felt it was “essential— not just to protect the individuals involved— not that members of Congress are a special class... It's essential if we're going to be able to continue to have contact and to have conversations between the public and the elected officials, that the public who is at these meetings can be assured of their own safety.”


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