Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said he expects to move forward with new gun control legislation, despite the opposition of his party's leaders.
King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that most Republicans agree with his proposed legislation to outlaw bringing a firearm within 1,000 feet of a member of Congress.
"Yes, I expect to go forward, and it's not a disagreement I have with many people in the Republican Party," King said on Fox News.
Both Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE (R-Va.) have said they oppose King's bill, which he proposed earlier this week following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event.
King's bill is one of several proposed by members of both parties in the wake of the assassination attempt against Giffords. On the Republican side, Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGohmert: Dems should be grateful they aren’t being punished for sit-in Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote GOP rep: Obama 'exactly wrong on everything' MORE (R-Texas) has proposed allowing members to carry guns in D.C. and on the floor of the House. On the Democratic side, Rep. Robert Brady (Pa.) wants to outlaw language or images that threaten lawmakers, and several other lawmakers have proposed restrictions on the kind of extended magazine clips the alleged shooter used in the attack against Giffords.
The New York Republican argued that his legislation would give law enforcement greater leeway in preventing threats from manifesting against members of Congress at the kind of constituent event Giffords had been holding.
"So it's to, in effect, protect the people who are coming and also give the police the extra power they would need, so that if they do see someone with a gun or someone who might have a gun, they can go up and talk to them, question them, and escort them away," he said.