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Top Republican Rep. Peter King to Introduce Gun-Control Legislation

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King, R-New York, announced Tuesday that he will introduce a bill to ban knowingly carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials.
 
“[Mayor Michael Bloomberg] and I have discussed that we are introducing in the next several weeks legislation which would make it a federal crime to carry a weapon within 1,000 feet of any event which is attended by the President, the Vice President, members of the Senate, members of the House of Representatives, Cabinet officials, including the CIA director as well as federal judges,” King announced Tuesday morning at City Hall in New York City.
 
The attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and the subsequent shooting that killed six people last weekend is the first notable assassination attempt of a public official that transpired into a mass shooting.

King is the first Republican to introduce gun-control legislation in the wake of Saturday’s shooting. Others, including gun control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, have also said they will introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on firearms.

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