Rep. Peter King to introduce bill making it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of ‘high-profile’ government official

New York Republican Rep. Peter King said Tuesday that he will introduce legislation to ban the carrying of any firearm within 1,000 feet of what he described as “high-profile government officials.”

“It is imperative that we do all that we can to give law enforcement the tools they need to ensure the safety of New Yorkers and prevent an attack before it happens,” King said during a press conference with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “That is why, as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns, I will be introducing legislation that would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within a 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials.”

Advocates are calling for stricter federal control over firearm ownership and for more restrictions on public access to officeholders in the wake of Saturday’s shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that killed six and severely injured Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

This week, at least two representatives, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Democrat Heath Shuler of North Carolina, announced they would start carrying a gun during public events. King’s spokesman did not immediately respond when asked if there would be an exemption for members of Congress.

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  • Iowa48

    Rep. King is usually a rare voice of common sense and reason in Congress. I think he may have been in a bit of a panic to propose such a law restricting possession of guns around officials. Law breakers with evil intent will not pay attention to such a law, and law abiders will merely become additional unarmed victims of the armed law breakers. If Rep. King has lost the nerve to hold his $174,000 per year position, I am sure we can find a combat trooper drawing $20,000 per year in Afghanistan who would be more than happy to replace him. One incident and all of our Congressmen develop yellow streaks? Seriously? I would much rather see each Congressman receive a concealed carry permit with a Smith & Wesson 642, and a bit of true grit.

  • pgrossjr

    A normally sensible guy, but he must be on the side of the assassins who will cheer this legislation knowing that all law abiding citizens who might thwart their attempts will leave their guns at home. Does anyone really think that Gifford.s assailant would have been deterred by such a law? Picture someone intent on murdering people saying; “Dang I can’t take my gun to the town hall, it is illegal!”

  • Computer_Forensics_Expert

    First, we have Rep. Clyburn who wants “special treatment” from TSA.

    Now Rep. Pete King want to restrict the use of firearms near “high profile” politicians.

    Folks, these folks don’t have to run for office. We don’t need the gallery in the House of Representin’ to be shielded with Lexan and be treated like animals in a zoo.

    I respect Rep. Pete King, but I strongly suggest that he needs to ask the following-

    1. Where the heck was the Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies? Chasing the Clanton’s and the McLaurey’s, for cattle rustlin’?

    2. Did Rep. King know that one of the civilians that did respond, was armed, did a threat assessment and took the perp down, by hand? None of this “Guns-a-Blazing” stuff.

    3. Did Rep. King forget that it’s the citizenry that hops to it, when someone gets out of control, not the law enforcement folks, who can take quite a time to respond.

    Finally, when it comes to high-capacity magazines, it gets really difficult to reload when you’re a senior with arthritis or rheumatism or you’re handicapped and can’t re-load as fast as one used to.

  • g55rumpy

    he needs to reread the 2nd. amendment agin

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  • libertyatstake


    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-J-Conway/1755392219 Brian J Conway

    Their average level of nobility precludes them from becoming a very large herd of knights. Oops, that might be provocative!!