Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has promised to carry her pistol to the Capitol, but onerous Washington D.C. gun laws and Nancy Pelosi’s House rules prevent her from doing so. In the face of this infringement on her Second Amendment rights, Boebert is leading the charge among Congressmen for the right to carry in the Capitol building. Reuters reports:
“I don’t go to work in a motorcade or armored car,” Boebert said, describing Washington as one of the most dangerous cities in the nation. “I am my best security.” twitter.com/laurenboebert
That may be so. But the District of Columbia for years has had tough handgun controls and open carry is illegal. Similarly, firearms are generally prohibited on the grounds of the Capitol.
Members of Congress are allowed to have guns, however, in their congressional offices, according to a House source. That policy was mainly intended to let lawmakers display ceremonial weapons on their walls, the source added.
Boebert’s aide said she and a posse of other House members would soon propose changing the Democratic-controlled chamber’s rules so that she can pack her Glock wherever and whenever she wants.
U.S. Capitol Police, which enforces the law and congressional rules across the Capitol grounds, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.