In Colorado, a congresswoman-elect wants to keep her Glock strapped to her hip on Capitol grounds when she takes office in January.
Lauren Boebert asked the Capitol Police about bringing her gun into the House, which is reserved for lawmakers, with some limitations, under congressional regulations.
She runs a gun-themed restaurant named Shooters Grill in Rifle. According to The Associated Press, she allegedly requested to bring her gun with her when she and other newly elected House members were in Washington, DC, for recent orientation programs.
The two officials who told the Associated Press — a Democrat and a Republican — both requested to remain anonymous.
Boebert’s spokeswoman acknowledged that the firearms request was real, but she didn’t make the congresswoman-elect available for an interview.
“This was a private discussion and inquiry about what the rules are, and as a result, the Congresswoman-Elect won’t be going on the record,” Boebert aide Laura Carno said in an email last week.
Trump endorsed Boebert as a “fighter” who will “never bow down to the establishment in Congress.”
In a written response, the Capitol Police said that they’ve “been made aware” of inquiries about carrying weapons. They added that there is at present “no standing requirement” that legislators notify them when they do.
The officials said regulations require safe storage of weapons, but “that responsibility resides with the Member.”
A 1967 regulation says that no federal or District of Columbia laws restricting firearms “shall prohibit any Member of Congress from maintaining firearms within the confines of this office” or “from transporting within Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.”
According to a letter from Representative Jared Huffman in 2018, the regulation says that pols are prohibited from bringing weapons into the House chamber and other nearby areas.
Huffman brought up the practice and tried to get it banned in 2018, but he soon gave up after his colleagues opposed his idea. He said that there was continued resistance, which is why he wouldn’t be making an effort this year. However, he highlighted that the loophole was outdated and that no one checks to make sure no guns are brought on the House floor.
“Members could have a loaded AK47 sitting on their desk, and no one would ever do anything about it,” Huffman told the Associated Press. He added that lawmakers and staffers carry firearms around the Capitol “all the time.”
Representative-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene also said that she supported Boebert’s right to carry.
“Not only do I support members of Congress carrying a firearm, I believe every American has that right,” Greene said in a statement. “I will work every day to end ALL gun-free zones.”
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