Lauren Boebert, a pistol-packing congresswoman- elect has already asked the Capitol Police if she can carry her handgun at the Capitol. Boebert is the owner of Shooters Grill, a gun themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado (naturally), and has gained notoriety for dramatic support of the second amendment. She is rarely photographed without her Glock holstered at her side. 

Boebert was elected last month, upsetting five-term Rep. Scott Tipton for the GOP nomination.

Love it. She should be able to enjoy her second amendment rights everywhere. But will she be allowed?

AP News reported on the confusing legislation surrounding being strapped at the Capitol.

“A 1967 regulation says 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.’” 

“Lawmakers may not bring weapons into the House chamber and other nearby areas, the regulations say, according to a letter Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., wrote in 2018. Aides can carry lawmakers’ weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote.”

Officials have previously been arrested for trying to carry guns onto the premises. 

“In 1999, Corey Lewandowski — then a congressional aide and later a manager of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — was arrested when what court records called a loaded pistol was found in a laundry bag he was bringing into a House office building. Misdemeanor charges were dismissed.”

“The Capitol Police protect the complex with over 2,300 officers and civilian employees, according to its website. Its officers routinely arrest people caught trying to carry weapons at the Capitol.”

Notice that?  If other people are trying to sneak guns in already, it seems safer to let our representatives carry to defend themselves. In 2017, a gunman shot at least 70 bullets at Republican Congressmen at a baseball practice. It could happen again. 

In this time of unrest, it’s more important than ever to carry. As Alexander Hamilton once said, “The constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Boebert is awesome, and I love that she’s already focusing on issues that matter.


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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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