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Colorado state rep, Columbine survivor, pushes to end gun-free zones in schools

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Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who was a Columbine High School sophomore at the time of the 1999 mass shooting, is pushing legislation that he says would protect students — by getting rid of gun restrictions in schools.

He has introduced the bill annually since he was elected in 2014, The Washington Times reported. Previous attempts have been turned down.

Neville, a Republican, told The Times the current law “creates a so-called gun free zone in every K-12 public school.”

Under Colorado law, concealed-carry permit holders may bring firearms onto school property, according to The Times, but must keep them locked inside their vehicles.

“Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones,” Neville told The Times.

He added law-abiding citizens should be able “to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios.”

The massacre on Valentine’s Day of last week in Florida has renewed a nationwide debate about gun violence and how to prevent mass shootings.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was suspected of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he was a former student, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Neville has contended, according to The Times, that more of his classmates would have survived the attack if faculty had been armed. In April 1999, two teens killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves inside Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado.

The congressman’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Matt Hancock self-isolating after coronavirus scare hours after major No10 briefing

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MATT HANCOCK is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

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Texas man who stormed Capitol accused of threat to shoot children if they turned him in

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A Texas man who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was arrested and accused of having threatened to shoot his children if they told authorities that he had gone to Washington, D.C., according to federal court documents released Monday.

According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, the man, Guy Reffitt, was charged with obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent described Reffitt as an apparent militia member who traveled from suburban Dallas to Washington with a Smith & Wesson pistol to help “protect his country.”

In an interview with the FBI, Reffitt’s son said his father told his family that he had gone to the Capitol while wearing a GoPro camera attached to a helmet.

Reffitt is alleged to have later threatened to “put a bullet through” his daughter’s cellphone if she recorded or mentioned his comments on social media, the affidavit says.

Reffitt’s wife told investigators that during an argument, he told his children that if one of them turned him in, “you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot.”

His wife, who said Reffitt was a member of the far-right 3 Percenters militia group, added that he is prone to “extreme” statements and that she did not believe he would act on his words, the affidavit says.

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The affidavit mentions videos from Reuters and Fox News that captured Reffitt at the Capitol wearing a black helmet and a tactical vest and appearing to flush his eyes out with water.

Reffitt, who was arrested Saturday, told agents that he went to the Capitol on Jan. 6 but did not go inside.

Court records do not say whether Reffitt has an attorney. A message left at a phone number listed under his name was not immediately returned.

Reffitt and dozens of other people have been arrested or charged after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. Others are a New Jersey Army reservist with access to a cache of military supplies and a Pennsylvania woman who is accused of planning to steal a laptop computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and sell it to Russian intelligence.

A law enforcement official said Sunday that the number of open cases related to the riot topped 300.

Five people died because of the riot, including Capitol Police Officer Bryan Sicknick.

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SNP gets independence backing as Scottish Labour candidate says she will not stop new vote

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NICOLA Sturgeon’s push for a second independence bid has received a boost after Scottish Labour leader hopeful Monica Lennon announced she would not block a new poll.

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