Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made waves before she was officially sworn into Congress after she stated she will continue to conceal carry her Glock in Washington, D.C. and inside the Capitol Building. While there were some attempts from Democrats to stop her, a regulation from 1967 enables Boebert, and other elected officials in Congress, to conceal carry.
On Sunday, Boebert released a campaign video outlining her reasons to conceal carry on the streets of D.C. and in the hall of Congress.
"Even though I now work in one of the most liberal cities in America, I refuse to give up my rights, especially my Second Amendment rights," Boebert says.
"I am a woman and mother of four. I choose to defend my family with all the force the Constitution provides. D.C. is one of the top ten most dangerous cities in our country. Homicide rates and violent crimes are skyrocketing here," she goes on to explain. "Being a member of Congress is pretty basic. I don't go to work in a motorcade or armored car. I don't get police escorts everywhere I go. I walk to my office every morning by myself. So as a 5 foot tall, 100-pound woman, I choose to protect myself legally because I am my best security."
Let me tell you why I WILL carry my Glock to Congress.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 4, 2021
Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe.
I promise to always stand strong for our 2nd Amendment rights.https://t.co/E75tYpdN4B pic.twitter.com/qg7QGenrNo
Some Democrats tried unsuccessfully in 2018 to roll back the 1967 provision.
"I don’t think we can just keep looking the other way or sweep this issue under the rug," Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) told the Washington Post at the time. "Our political climate is too volatile and there are too many warning signs that we need to address things like this.”
.@laurenboebert is disrespecting the Capitol Police. Her desire to carry a gun at the Capitol is a political stunt. The USCP are professionals & I have rarely felt safer.— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) January 1, 2021
I should know. I’ve carried a gun for work. If Boebert wants to talk safety, I have legislation to discuss. https://t.co/BZK3IrX9QN