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


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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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.