- GOP MP Lauren Boebert turned down a House Committee proposal to restrict firearms in his hearing room.
- The legislature appeared at a virtual meeting in front of several guns piled on a bookshelf.
- The House Natural Resources Committee ultimately confirmed the rule on Thursday.
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In a virtual meeting Thursday against a backdrop of at least four cannons, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert slammed the rule proposed by a House committee to prevent people from carrying firearms in her Capitol hearing room.
“This rule is absurd and discriminatory,” Boebert said during a conference call with the House Natural Resources Committee in front of a bookshelf stacked with firearms. “This is an obvious violation of our constitutional rights.”
The newly minted Republican asked the committee chairman, Arizona Democratic MP Raúl Grijalva, to provide her with a “personal security detail” should the committee continue with the move.
“I would like to request personal security details at this point, which the chairman pays for every time I enter the committee room,” said Boebert. “If this is passed, the chairman seeks to take responsibility for my personal safety while he touches my rights under the second amendment.”
A 1967 ordinance allows Congressmen to store weapons in their offices and transport them through the Capitol complex. However, there are a few exceptions, including on the floors of the House and Senate. Over the past few weeks, Republican lawmakers, including Boebert, have touted the ordinance and opposed what they see as restrictions.
Members of the House Natural Resources Committee met Thursday to organize the panel for the 117th Congress, which included a debate on a rule banning the carrying of firearms in its auditorium. The rule was ultimately approved by a vote.
“As far as we’re concerned, we’re not doing anything new here,” a Democratic spokesman for the committee told Insider. “We are adapting the existing policy.”
California Democratic MP Jared Huffman defended the rule Thursday, criticizing Boebert’s perspective.
“Here’s the reality: if anyone wants a shrine to their gun fetish as a zoom backdrop in their personal life, they can,” he said during the meeting. “But this is our classroom. And at some point we will overcome the COVID epidemic and everyone will show up in person. And our safety and our ability to do business civilly without feeling threatened is a relevant consideration. Unfortunately.”
Boebert later brushed off criticism of the guns in her video background after screenshots of them were posted online.
“Who says this is a storage? These are ready-to-use,” Boebert replied to a tweet in which he derided the placement of the weapon as “unsafe weapon storage”.
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Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, an Army veteran, slammed Boebert’s ad as a “political stunt”.
“I never stacked guns on a bookshelf during the war, much less on a zoom in my living room,” tweeted Crow.
Gun rights advocate Boebert gained national attention last month when she proposed taking a Glock to Washington, DC and to Congress. Open carrying is illegal in the country’s capital, and gun owners must register their firearms with the Metropolitan Police Department and obtain permission if they choose to hide them. The police at the time said they would reach Boebert.
Earlier this month, acting head of the department, Robert Contee, said Boebert had been given permission to carry undercover.
During Thursday’s meeting, Boebert also raised concerns about the new metal detectors being installed outside the chamber of the house in view of the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6. She previously reportedly refused to adhere to the security protocol.
Boebert represents Colorado’s 3rd congressional district and ran its 2020 campaign on a Pro-Gun platform. She owns a restaurant in the state of Shooters Grille, which requires staff to openly carry firearms.