Report: Incoming Congresswoman Asks About Carrying a Gun in U.S. Capitol

By Michael W. Chapman | November 24, 2020 | 11:14am EST
Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.)  (Getty Images)
Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) (Getty Images)

Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert, who was elected to Congress on Nov. 3, reportedly has asked what the rules are to carry a gun on Capitol Hill and in her congressional office. 

Boebert, 33, is from a largely conservative district in western Colorado. She is a defender of the Second Amendment and operates a restaurant called Shooters Grill, in Rifle, Colorado. She is sometimes seen sporting a Glock pistol on her hip.

Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) at her restaurant, Shooters Grill.   (Getty Images)
Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) at her restaurant, Shooters Grill. (Getty Images)

According to the Associated Press, Boebert asked the Capitol Police what the rules are for carrying a gun on Capitol Hill during a recent orientation session for new members of Congress. 

“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,” said Boebert aide Laura Carno.

According to the Capitol Police, “There is no standing requirement” that members of Congress inform them when they have a weapon. Also, congressional aides may carry the weapon for the member of Congress. 

Gun rules for the District of Columbia do not apply to members of Congress who maintain "firearms within the confines of his office" or transports them on Capitol grounds "unloaded and securely wrapped," reads a 1967 regulation.

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Also, the AP reported that, according to Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), "members and their staffs carry firearms around the Capitol 'all the time,' though he mentioned no names. He said lawmakers keep guns in their publicly accessible offices, though building entry has been limited due to COVID-19."

“Members could have a loaded AK47 sitting on their desk and no one would ever do anything about it,” Huffman said.

He added that “'no one checks' to make sure they’re not bringing guns onto the House floor," reported the Associated Press. 

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Incoming House Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) supports Boebert on the gun issue.

“Not only do I support members of Congress carrying a firearm, I believe every American has that right,” said Greene in a statement. “I will work every day to end ALL gun free zones.” 

h/t Associated Press 

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