Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), deliberately sidestepped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s installed metal detectors outside the doors to the House of Representatives chamber. He got fined twice for his action. His formal appeal for the return of the fines has been declined.
In March, the GOP lawmaker already announced his challenge to Pelosi’s new security measure. He told Fox News that as the fines’ appeal gets rejected, he would use it as the legal standing for his case against Pelosi, Capitol Police, and the House Sergeant.
Clyde said he has intentionally violated the “unconstitutional” security rule two times without actually having a gun in his possession by skipping the metal detectors outside of the House Chamber and incurred a fine of up to $15,000. He wanted to denounce Pelosi’s new rule and protect House member’s Second Amendment rights through the federal court.
Clyde and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) both sidestepped the magnetometers and were setting up to appeal their fines to the House Ethics Committee in February. The appeals were announced rejected on Tuesday, April 13.
NEW: GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde's appeal of $15,000 in fines for evading Capitol security screenings has been rejected, the House Ethics Committee says. pic.twitter.com/UTEtPkPSEe
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In a statement reported by the Washington Examiner, Clyde acknowledged the Committee’s decision.
“I recently learned that the formal appeal of my fines incurred as a result of refusing to comply with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unconstitutional placement of metal detectors at the entrance to the floor of the House of Representatives was rejected.”
He accepted the news positively, saying this is what he expected, and it paves the way for his lawsuit in front of federal court. “This now provides the legal standing which I needed to challenge this unconstitutional resolution.”
After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the House Speaker has introduced House Resolution 73, which involved installing magnetometers in front of the House floor to screen its members and staff.
The famous riot alarmed some unarmed members at the House that day who now desire to have guns for defense in case of another attack. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was among those without a weapon at the time. She told Fox News of her regret in obeying the rules, “I wish that I would have just not listened. Because my life is worth defending. The people next to me, their lives are worth defending.”
Pelosi and other Democrats translated the attempts of ensuring personal security by the members of Congress as “the enemy is within the House,” referring that there could be potential threats of violence from individuals with firearms inside.
“We will probably need a supplemental [budget] for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives—a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi said on Jan. 28 in her news conference introducing the installation of metal detectors at the House floor.
House Resolution 73 faces criticism from most Republicans, arguing the new security measure is a violation of their Second Amendment rights.