Washington D.C.’s police chief said Monday he intends to reach out to GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert about her intention to carry a Glock handgun in the city, which has strict limits on carrying concealed firearms.
Chief Robert Contee III, asked during a press conference about the newly-elected Colorado lawmaker’s plan to carry a gun to the Capitol, said he wants to ensure that “she is aware of the what the laws of the District of Columbia are.”
“That Congresswoman will be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else that’s caught on the D.C. streets carrying a firearm,” Contee said.
Boebert has made no secret of her intent to bring a handgun to the Capitol complex, where lawmakers are exempted from otherwise strict prohibitions on firearms, so long as they’re stored in the members’ offices and transported safely and unloaded. Democrats considered a change to the rules that would have barred even members of Congress from bringing guns to the Capitol, but the rules package introduced by House leaders last week included no change to the policy.
The current guidelines for weapons in the Capitol is set by the Capitol Police Board, which includes the sergeant-at-arms of the House and Senate, the architect of the Capitol and the chief of the Capitol Police. Lawmakers have been exempted by the board from the restrictions for decades.
Boebert drew attention to her plans for carrying a weapon on Sunday, when she posted a video on social media declaring her intention to carry her gun in Congress.
“Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe,” she said.
Boebert, who ran a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters before her bid for Congress, has made Second Amendment rights a centerpiece of her platform.
A spokesperson for Boebert did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
By Kyle Cheney