Gun-Free School Zone law was an unconstitutional overreach by Congress

Rand Paul (AP pix)

I thought Rand Paul was closing the barn door after the horse had left.

He has introduced a bill to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which made it a federal crime to possess a gun in a school zone, according to the Washington Examiner. But in 1995 the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Lopez declared that law unconstitutional, saying Congress did not have the power under the Commerce Clause to make such incredibly local laws.

But it turns out Attorney General Janet Reno got Congress to amend the law, adding the requirement that the gun had to have crossed a state line at some point — a meaningless add since nearly every gun has crossed a state line at some point and has nothing to do with regulating interstate commerce. But that was good enough for several federal appeals courts.

So, the repeal is apparently needed after all.