QAnon Freshman Rep Lauren Boebert Threatens to Bring Her Glock to the House Floor
Washington, D.C.’s police chief said Monday he intends to reach out to GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert about her intention to carry a Glock handgun in the city, which has strict limits on carrying concealed firearms. Boebert, whose personal Twitter account showcases her devotion to both the QAnon conspiracy and her firearms, 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, so long as they’re stored in the members’ offices and transported safely and unloaded.
Democrats considered a change to the rules that would have barred 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. Boebert, who ran a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters before her bid for Congress, has made Second Amendment rights a centerpiece of her platform.
The current 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. Lawmakers have been exempted by the board from the restrictions for decades.
Boebert drew attention to her plans for carrying a weapon on Sunday when she posted a video on her personal Twitter account 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 says in the clip.
🚨Washington, D.C., police chief says he will contact Lauren Boebert about gun video.
“What I will say to that is, there are no exceptions in the District of Columbia,” said Chief Robert Contee III, when asked about the video at a press conference.😩😂 https://t.co/PEYDuyXhsf
— DeMarcus Gilliard (@semperdiced) January 4, 2021
A spokesperson for Boebert on Monday said she “will comply with all applicable firearm laws and regulations.”
This incident is the second in as many days with a new QAnon member of the House causing a problem. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was removed from the House floor on Sunday after a screaming match over her refusal to wear a mask.