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January 12, 2021 02:25 PM UTC

Boebert-Proofing: Metal Detectors Go Up Outside House Floor

  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE 6:23PM: Boebert was allowed onto the House floor. Her refusal to allow her bag to be searched is odd. Perhaps she doesn’t want anyone to know that she doesn’t really carry a gun around in the Capitol.


UPDATE 5:40PM: This seems to be escalating quickly:


There seems to be some debate on this point among Rep. Lauren Boebert’s colleagues.

As CNN reports–Rep. Lauren Boebert ran for office with a Glock semiautomatic pistol on her hip, and as readers know packing heat everywhere she goes is an integral part of Boebert’s brand.

It’s also starting to make her new colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives awfully nervous.

Members of Congress and staffers will have to walk through metal detectors in order to get onto the floor of the US House of Representatives, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Tuesday.

The development comes after multiple House Democrats told CNN they are worried about some of their Republican colleagues [Pols emphasis] and that there have been multiple conversations about the need for every member of Congress and their guests to start going through metal detectors…

“There have been increasing tensions with certain incoming freshmen for months, who have been insistent on bringing firearms in violation of law and guidelines,” one House Democrat said, in a reference to Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, [Pols emphasis] Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and others.

Obviously, the events of last week have necessitated a thorough review and upgrading of security in and around the U.S. Capitol. But in Lauren Boebert’s case, as readers know, her brash promise to carry her gun to Washington despite the district’s strict gun laws, with a PR video cleverly shot to create the appearance that Boebert was illegally carrying a weapon down a D.C. alleyway, isn’t the only reason fellow lawmakers are worried.

After Boebert Tweeted out details about the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as insurrectionists were storming the Capitol last Wednesday afternoon, there’s an argument that Boebert is an even greater security risk than anyone could imagine before this event. Firearms are not allowed to be brought into the U.S. House chambers by anyone except the sergeant at arms, a marked contrast to the Colorado state capitol in which lawmakers roam the halls carrying concealed weapons that the public must surrender before entering the building.

Whether clueless or conspiracy, it’s a sad fact that concern about Rep. Boebert–for as long as she has access to the building–is justified.


18 thoughts on “Boebert-Proofing: Metal Detectors Go Up Outside House Floor

  1. If Boebert checks into the Capitol building with her Glock, it does mean that she had to carry it somewhere within DC off of the Capitol grounds in order to get it there. This is of course illegal until she obtains her DC open carry permit.

    Just as it was with the stormers, laws for thee and not for me.

  2. You know, if you are going to be a big shot politician, this really shouldn’t have been a problem.

    Have your staff apply for the permit early. I’d bet she get it. Maybe you have to go around unarmed for a month or two till the bureaucracy stamps it. If you can’t dance around that, you are in the wrong sport.

    OK, now, I can see that for a white supremacist to go around a majority African-American city unarmed is quite scary. When you are already paranoid and delusional, they’d certainly see a threat behind every black face.

    Which is why if the authorities in DC have any sense, they’d refuse her a permit. The odds of her shooting a black man who scares her are way too high. But, I’m guessing political power wins and she gets her permit.

    The amazing thing is that this isn’t just routine for her staff to get it and to arrange her messaging to meet reality. For any competent CongressCritter and staff, this is low-level stuff that should just get handled and eventually there’s an event where she show’s up with her gun on her hip, legally, waving the permit she just got.

  3. I do wonder if her criminal record, albeit for petty crap, might bar her from getting a permit. I doubt if the district is as lenient as her tame sheriff and supporter in Garfield County.

    1. Standards are laid out pretty clearly on the application form:

      I don't see anything which would preclude Rep. Boebert from getting a concealed carry permit. At least, not if she can come up with some reasoning to account for the need:

      To demonstrate a good reason to fear injury to yourself, you must:

      •Show a special need for self-protection distinguishable from the general community, as supported by evidence of specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to your life.

      •Allege serious threats of death or serious bodily harm, any attacks on yourself, or any theft of property from your person.

      •Allege that the threats are of a nature that the legal possession of a pistol is necessary as a reasonable precaution against the apprehended danger.

      •Provide all evidence of contemporaneous reports to the police of such threats or attacks, and disclose whether or not you made a sworn complaint to the police or the courts of the District of Columbia concerning any threat or attack.

      Pursuant to District of Columbia law, the fact that you live or work in a high crime area shall not by itself establish a good reason to fear injury to yourself or your property for the issuance of a concealed carry license.

  4. I knew she would not be able to serve a full two-year term, but she may end up with only days served. She needs to be expelled now. What a monstrous ego, that she apparently believes she should carry a gun onto the floor of the House when that's now been clearly banned. CD3 deserves better.

    1. Boebert’s instagram Note the “white power” and “3% militia” hand signals that several are giving.
      CORRECTION: While this photo does show Boebert with militia members, it was taken at the Colorado State Capitol in October 2020, per Media Matters. It doesn’t show a tour she led January 5. My apologies.
      Boebert may very well have been one of the Congressmembers who took insurrectionists on guided tours on January 5. That is being investigated by police pursuant to a request by 34 members of Congress who saw the tours.

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