(WASHINGTON FREE BEACON) — Republican Congressman [score]Thomas Massie[/score] (R., Ky.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would require Washington, D.C., to honor valid gun-carry permits from other states.
Rep. Massie said the D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act was a direct reaction to last week’s attack on Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., which left four injured.
“After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians,” Rep. Massie said in a statement. “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.”
Massie said if it were not for Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were only on duty at the baseball practice due to the presence of Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.), the attack would likely have had a far worse outcome.
“If not for the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police at the ball field yesterday, things could have been much worse,” Rep. Massie said. “What’s always evident in these situations is this: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. To ensure public safety, we need to repeal laws that keep good guys from carrying guns, since not everyone has a personal police detail. The right to keep and bear arms is the common person’s first line of defense in these situations, and it should never be denied.”
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