How Many Members Of Congress
Are Armed On The Job?

By Cam Edwards. November 23, 2020

Concealed carry in the District of Columbia is a fairly new phenomenon; it wasn't until 2017 that the District actually established a process by which folks could obtain a carry license, and "shall issue" concealed carry didn't exist in our nation's capitol until 2018, when the D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the District's "good cause" requirement.

However, since 1967 members of Congress have been authorized to carry on the Capitol grounds and buildings (though not in the legislative chambers themselves). This little-known loophole is getting some attention this week after an incoming freshman representative allegedly made inquiries about bringing her gun to work.

Republican Lauren Boebert, 33, was elected this month from a conservative western Colorado district after gaining notice as a brash pro-gun activist who straps a Glock pistol to her hip. In an upset last June, she defeated five-term Rep. Scott Tipton for the GOP nomination, in part by claiming he wasn't an ardent enough backer of President Donald Trump.

Boebert asked Capitol Police officials about carrying her weapon when she and other House freshmen taking office in January were in town recently for orientation programs, according to two congressional officials. Both people — a Democrat and a Republican — spoke on condition of anonymity to describe her request. ....

The Second Amendment was never written solely for the elite - it applies to all citizens. Unfortunately, there are many in the 'elite' category who either choose to arm themselves and/or receive armed protection, while at the same time seeking to dismantle innate rights and disarm 99% of the nation. "OK for me, but not for thee".


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