Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was asked to reveal whether it’s true that she carries a concealed weapon while carrying out Congressional duties, including in House chambers where firearms are not allowed. Instead, she revealed a few future aspirations — including becoming Speaker of the House, and using some of the devices implemented for security since January 6th as target practice.
Boebert appears in a NewsMax clip, where she’s being asked when and where she is armed. Was she armed during the vote to remove Liz Cheney as House Republican Conference Chair? How about during Joe Biden’s speech? However, she dodges that series of questions, only hinting that she does carry a concealed weapon when and where it’s legal to do so. As for whether she sneaks her weapon onto the House floor, she addresses instead the metal detectors installed to prevent anyone from doing so, and declares that when she’s House Speaker, she’ll use those for target practice.
Lauren Boebert said today that when she becomes Speaker of the House, her first act will be to take the metal detectors installed outside the House Chamber and use them for target practice. pic.twitter.com/AyXDY5Bw9m
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 18, 2021
Boebert and others have complained about the beefed-up security since the attack on January 6th, which included threats against the lives of legislators, including the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the former Vice President, Mike Pence. NPR reported on their response in January, including Steve Womack (R-AR) yelling at law enforcement for conducting safety checks, and Rodney Davis (R-IL) calling the measures “horses**t.”
According to the Denver Post, Boebert herself has clashed with security, setting off the metal detectors when they were initially installed, and refusing to submit to a search of her bag.
Then, too, her defense was about being allowed to carry in the Capitol Complex and in Washington D.C., dodging the fact that she — and everyone else — is forbidden from carrying on the House floor.
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