WASHINGTON, DC – Republican lawmakers are pushing for new security checks outside the House of Representatives to increase security following last week’s deadly attack on the US Capitol.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalis, Republican No. 2, said Tuesday that the metal detectors were designed to prevent lawmakers from voting and did not hold talks with GOP leaders.
Illinois representative Rodney Davis is outraged by the metal detectors and says treasures are being moved to install the equipment.
Many lawmakers simply walked around with the tools. “You can’t stop me,” said Texas Gohammer of Texas. I’m going to the polls. ”
Lauren Bobbert, Florence’s representative, announced that she wanted to carry a gun on the Capitol grounds. It was not clear if she had a cell phone or other metal object in her suitcase.
Because of her reluctance to search for her purse, she was eventually ushered into the living room.
A Colorado congresswoman later tweeted that she was politically motivated by defending her actions and loading the metal detectors.
“I am legally allowed to take my weapons to the Washington, DC, and Capitol campuses,” said Bobbert. “Metal investigators outside the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week – it’s just another political obstacle for Speaker Pelosi.”
However, in the letter received Washington Post, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff Timto Bildget reminded lawmakers that “weapons are limited to member offices.” He said he could not be allowed to enter the room for non-compliance.