Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gun Safety Bill After Arizona Shooting

Jared Laughner, the gunman in Tucson.

Rep. Peter King said Tuesday he plans to introduce a new gun safety bill in Congress in the wake of the mass shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

King said his bill would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within a thousand feet of "certain high-profile" government officials. (Read more)

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) are against a new gun-control proposal put forth by a fellow GOPer in response to the Tucson shootings.[1]

Peter King is a Republican from NY, and he's the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns. He wanted to add Wikileaks to the Treasury Department's "Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List," which is usually used to designate terrorist and organized crime operations.[2] In December, he introduced legislation that will give the Department of Justice additional tools to prosecute future disclosures by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or others.[3]