Boehner Dismisses Proposal That Would Prohibit Guns Near Congress Members
January 12, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—New legislation planned by Rep. Pete King (R-NY) aims to prohibit anyone from carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of Congress members—but the proposal received an immediate rejection from Speaker John Boehner, The Hill reports. House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has not released a statement about the legislation yet, but intends to after reading it.
King said the legislation could protect elected officials as well as their constituents, noting that if Congress members plan to continue having contact with people in the community, the government should ensure the safety of the meeting attendees, The Hill notes. In the past, King called for the banishment of illegal guns.
Congress members interested in gun reform don’t anticipate positive outcomes during the current Congress, noting that the combination of the gun lobby and the Republican-run House will make passage of gun control laws impossible, The Hill reports.