Peter King's Law: Ban Guns Within 1000 Feet of Federal Officials

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 11 2011 11:37 AM

Peter King's Law: Ban Guns Within 1000 Feet of Federal Officials

The source for the news that Rep. Peter King will introduce legislation banning guns in proximity of members of Congress comes not from King, but from a press release from Mike Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Here's what that group claimed this morning:


Advertisement
Congressman Peter King today also announced that he will introduce legislation that will make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of the President, Vice President, Members of Congress or judges of the Federal Judiciary. In the United States, it is illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. Passing a similar law for government officials would give federal, state, and local law enforcement a better chance to intercept would-be shooters before they pull the trigger.

King has not commented further on this yet.

UPDATE: King appeared at the presser in New York and announced this; the next question, it would seem, is what Constitutional authority can be cited in the legislation.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.