A federal law enforcement agency will not deprive a new House Republican of her constitutional right to bear arms when she meets with other congressional representatives in Washington.
The U.S. Capitol Police have confirmed no law or regulation would prevent Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) from carrying her favorite Glock semi-automatic pistol into the Capitol building.
“There is no standing requirement [that lawmakers notify them when they carry a firearm in the Capitol],” Capitol Police said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The agency revealed Boebert would only be required to find a safe place to store the weapon and cannot legally bring it into the House chamber or other nearby areas.
“That responsibility resides with the member,” Capitol Police said.
The remarks came after the newly elected representative enquired at the agency whether it is acceptable for her to carry her weapon on her person while visiting Capitol Hill.
The question was based on the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which declares a “well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” according to the Legal Information Institute website.
Capitol Police confirmed they had fielded multiple enquiries about lawfully carrying weapons at the Capitol.
Other Congress members already carry firearms to the Capitol. The current 1967 legislation states no federal or District of Columbia laws restricting firearms “shall prohibit any member of Congress from maintaining firearms within the confines of his office … [or] from transporting within Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped,” according to the Associated Press.
Virginia previously abandoned a proposed ban on assault weapons that could have breached the Second Amendment right for residents to bear arms.
Democratic state Gov. Ralph Northam and new Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) confirmed they would drop their controversial proposal to ban and confiscate assault weapons.
The policy reversal came after voters voiced strong opposition to the gun control measure. Many of Virginia’s counties responded by declaring themselves “second amendment sanctuaries.”
Northam later planned to ban new assault weapon sales and allow existing assault weapon owners to keep their firearms.
“In this case, the governor’s assault weapons ban will include a grandfather clause for individuals who already own assault weapons, with the requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period,” Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said in a statement obtained by the Daily Wire.