Democrats Seek to Make Guns Illegal for Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
January 31, 2021Politics
Democrats Seek to Make Guns Illegal for Lawmakers on Capitol Hill
House Armed Services Committee subcommittee Chair Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) conducts a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 29, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A pair of House Democrats are pushing a bill that would it make it illegal for lawmakers to carry a gun anywhere on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced the No Congressional Gun Loophole Act on Dec. 28, 2020, and reintroduced it in the new session of Congress last week.

“As a survivor of gun violence I know what it’s like to [be] shot & left for dead. Stats show accidents happen when there are firearms around. The exemption for U.S. Reps increases the risk for Members, staff & the public,” Speier wrote on Twitter on Jan. 29.

Firearms are banned in Capitol grounds and premises, but an exception has been in place for lawmakers since 1967, according to The Hill. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have taken advantage of the carve out for years with no incident.

But the political fallout from the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6 has given Democrats an opening to push for a blanket ban while casting a shadow a handful of Republicans who have made a point of taking advantage of the exception.

“You can’t have an honor system with dishonorable people. We now have Members openly calling for violence & trying to bring guns on the House Floor. For everyone’s safety, we must pass my bill with Rep. Speier to get rid of Members’ special firearms exemption,” Huffman wrote on Twitter on Jan. 28.

Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) made headlines before being sworn into Congress because she applied for a concealed carry permit in Washington and planned to carry her firearm in D.C. and Congress. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) told local media he was armed when he was being evacuated from the Capitol during the breach on Jan. 6.

A number of Democrats now claim they fear for their safety by equating their colleagues across the aisle with rioters who breached the Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) installed magnetometers in the Capitol in the wake of Jan. 6 specifically targeting members who want to bring guns on the House floor.

“We will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives—a threat that the members are concerned about—in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi said Jan. 28.

Asked to explain, Pelosi said, “it means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”

There is no evidence in the public realm of any current member of Congress threatening violence against his or her colleagues.

Boebert did not respond to a request for comment.

From The Epoch Times

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