Gun-Toting Congresswoman Vows to Follow D.C. Law

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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee will ask new Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) about her intention to carry a Glock handgun in the city, which has strict limits on carrying concealed firearms, Politico reports. “That Congresswoman will be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else that’s caught on the D.C. streets carrying a firearm,” Contee said. Boebert has made no secret of her intent to bring a handgun to the Capitol complex, where lawmakers are exempt from otherwise strict prohibitions on firearms if they are stored in the members’ offices and transported safely and unloaded. Democrats considered barring even members of Congress from bringing guns to the Capitol, but the rules package introduced by House leaders last week included no change to the policy.

The guidelines for weapons in the Capitol  are set by the Capitol Police Board, which includes the sergeants-at-arms of the House and Senate, the architect of the Capitol and the chief of the Capitol Police. Boebert drew attention to her plans on Sunday, when she posted a video on social media declaring her intention to carry her gun in Congress. “Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe,” she said. Boebert, who ran a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters before her bid for Congress, has made Second Amendment rights a centerpiece of her platform. A spokesperson for Boebert said she “will comply with all applicable firearm laws and regulations.”

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