D.C. Lawmaker Challenges Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie to End Gun Prohibition on Capitol Hill
A fellow member of Congress challenged Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie on Tuesday to propose legislation allow firearms on Capitol Hill.Last week, Congressman Massie, whose district spans Ashland to east Louisville, targeted Washington, D.C.'s gun laws, introducing an amendment to the 2015 D.C. Appropriations Bill to block the city from enforcing its firearm restrictions.
"Strict gun control laws do nothing but prevent good people from being able to protect themselves and their families in the event of a robbery, home invasion, or other crime," Massie said in a released statement at the time.The measure sailed through the GOP-controlled House over objections of D.C. leaders, including its mayor and police chief.Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in Congress, told WFPL Tuesday that if Massie were serious about expanding the Second Amendment, he should also seek to allow firearms in D.C. and Kentucky federal buildings."This is a man who would want you to be able to carry an assault weapon openly in the nation’s Capitol," she said in a telephone interview. "Does he understand where he is? This is where dignitaries, cabinet officials, and people from around the world with 20 million visitors a year frequent our public places. This isn’t a rural area of Kentucky."Norton’s challenge comes after reports surfaced last Friday that a congressional staffer was arrested for bringing a gun into the Capitol complex. Under federal law individuals are forbidden to bring a firearm into a government facility.As a freshman lawmaker Massie, has made tearing down gun laws a priority. The congressman's first bill in January 2013 was to repeal the federal ban on guns in school zones.When the House approved its own appropriations bill in May, however, Massie did not file any amendments to block Capitol Police from using its funds to enforce that federal law.Massie did not respond to WFPL’s question on whether he plans to propose similar legislation for federal buildings.In a released statement, however, he suggested gun control laws backed by Democrats are unfair to minorities in major metropolitan areas.