13 January 2021 22:37

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Rep. Lauren Boebert leads GOP “standoff” with Capitol Police over metal detectors on House floor

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert — who has vowed to carry her Glock across Washington, D.C., and was rebuked by the city's police chief for saying so — caused a minor incident at a security stop at the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night. She then refused to turn over her bag to Capitol Police, who in turn refused to let her enter House chambers, according to reporters on the scene. Reporters saw Boebert enter the House to vote, but couldn't confirm if she was allowed through with her bag. Members of Congress are allowed to carry guns elsewhere in the Capitol complex, but not on the House and Senate floors. "I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C., and within the Capitol complex," Boebert said in a tweet about the incident.

"Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it's just another political stunt by Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi." "Thank you to the brave men and women of our law enforcement community, especially the U.S. Capitol Police, who keep us safe," she tweeted Tuesday afternoon, two hours before refusing to comply with officers' orders. Newly-elected GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert is enraged after being stopped from bringing her gun onto the House floor, days after the Capitol insurrection. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), an ardent guns rights supporter who has relentlessly fought with her Democratic colleagues, is now calling out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol Police for preventing her from bringing her handgun onto the House floor. She tweeted afterward, "I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex. Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it's just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi." Congressional members are allowed to carry guns into Capitol complex, but not onto the House and Senate floors.

Hours before insurgents took the Capitol, Boebert, who supported the pro-Trump rally, seemingly tweeted a message to the mob. A photograph shows U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert with a group of insurrectionists on the steps of the U.S. Capitol the day before the Jan. 6 riot. In the days following an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a photograph was circulated on social media that supposedly showed Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Bobert of Colorado with some of the insurrectionists. However, it was taken in Colorado in December 2019, not the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, and it shows the congresswoman with a different group of extremists. Colorado Times Recorder reported in December 2019 that Boebert, who had just launched her campaign for Congress, had attended a rally against the state's "red flag" law, which allows authorities to take guns from people who are deemed a threat.

Organizers of the "We Will Not Comply" rally included Rally For Our Rights activist Lesley Hollywood, conservative Facebook personality Sheronna Bishop, and gun rights activist Lauren Boebert, who just launched her campaign for Colorado's Third Congressional District, where she will challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in the Republican primary. This photograph does not show Boebert on the steps of the U.S. Capitol the day before a pro-Trump mob launched an attack. It actually shows Boebert on the steps of Colorado's capitol building in December 2019 with a group of extremists who appear to be displaying white supremacist symbols. Boebert is one of the Republican lawmakers who has been criticized for pushing the lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" from U.S. President Donald Trump, a lie that appears to have helped spur the violence on Jan. 6, 2021. Boebert, who objected to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory along with 146 other Republicans, has also been criticized for posting messages concerning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's location during the Capitol riot.

Some Republican members of Congress pushed through Capitol Police officers to enter the House floor Tuesday and Wednesday, refusing to go through newly-installed metal detectors set up after last week's deadly pro-Trump riot. The acting House sergeant-at-arms issued a memo to all members of Congress on Tuesday warning that refusing to go through the metal detector or carrying prohibited items onto the House floor "could result in denial of access to the Chamber." But Capitol Hill reporters documented the scene as Republican members refused to cooperate with officers on Tuesday night as the House debated a measure calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., who has vowed to bring her gun to the Capitol, got into a "standoff with Capitol Police" after her bag set off the metal detectors and she refused to allow it to be searched, according to CNN's Ryan Nobles. A defiant Boebert insisted on Twitter after the "standoff" that she is "legally permitted to carry" her gun in Washington and inside the Capitol, even though the sergeant-at-arms stressed that firearms are prohibited on the floor and must be restricted to members' offices. Boebert, who raised alarm among some Democrats after tweeting about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's location during last week's siege, argued that the metal detectors "would not have stopped the violence we saw" last Wednesday, calling it a "political stunt." The metal detectors were installed after lawmakers expressed concern during a Capitol Police briefing on ongoing plots against the Capitol that "members who were in league with the insurrectionists who love to carry their guns" may aid in a potential future attack.

Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., "literally pushed through" the entry around the metal detectors while officers "didn't seem to know what to do." Fuller later reported that Rep. Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, was "the most aggressive member pushing through the metal detectors" and left a female officer who "kind of got in his way" seemingly on the "verge of tears" after he "pushed his way past her." Some Republicans continued to defy the security measures and walked around the metal detectors on Wednesday as the House debated an article of impeachment against Trump. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, walked around the metal detector, telling officers, "You can't stop me, I'm on my way to a vote," according to Fuller. Other members set off the metal detector but were not stopped by police as they entered the House floor anyway, Raju wrote. Fuller said that all Democrats and about 80% of Republicans complied but other members caused "tension" with police. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, went through the metal detectors but stopped to tell the officers he believed they were "unconstitutional," Fuller reported. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., said in a video that unidentified members of Congress "had groups coming through the capitol that I saw on January 5 for reconnaissance the next day," though she did not detail any evidence or specifics. "Do these people not understand that literally everyone else has to go through metal detectors to get in here?" Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., questioned after the Republican protests. "Average people do not get to bring guns into the United States Capitol in normal times. A pistol-packing member of Congress set off a suddenly installed metal detector in the US Capitol — and refused to let cops look through her purse. Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was denied entrance to the House chamber following the Tuesday night incident, the Denver Post said. Boebert was later seen entering the chamber to cast a vote, but it was unclear if she was still carrying her bag, the report said. Boebert, a fierce gun rights advocate, later tweeted, "I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex." Boebert also said the metal detectors installed at entrances to the House chamber earlier Tuesday "would not have stopped the violence we saw last week," when supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol. In a Tuesday afternoon statement announcing the new metal detectors, acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett reminded lawmakers that firearms are forbidden inside the chamber.