Peter King, GOP Rep From NY, Wants Guns Kept at Least 1,000 Feet From Government Officials


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Representative Peter King, R-NY
Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson has prompted another idea for gun-control legislation:

Representative Peter King, a Republican from New York, says he plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit people from bringing guns within 1,000 feet of government officials.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an avid gun control advocate, immediately embraced the proposal, according to a Huffington Post article.

King's the third member of Congress to call for a new gun control in the aftermath of Saturday's shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people, but the first Republican to do so. Yesterday, Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg said they wanted to see legislation banning the sort of large-capacity magazines used by the shooter, Jared Loughner

It's unclear whether King supports his Democratic colleagues' idea.

Or maybe he'll take a watered-down version of the magazine ban: Gun stores can sell Glock's with 31-round clips, but they have to come with a sticker telling the user not to take them anywhere near an elected official.


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Sorry, but this is just fluff to make this guy seem to be doing something. There is no way that this law would be enforceable. You're walking down the street and pass by a 'government official' getting into his car? Boom! You're breaking the law. Joe Blow goes to the store on last Saturday for milk, not even knowing that Giffords is there and happens to have his gun on him. Bam! Another bust. The list gos on and on.

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