Boebert who has vowed to carry her Glock across Washington, D.C., and into the hallowed halls of Congress caused a minor incident as she made her way to the U.S. House of Representatives chamber on Tuesday night.
The gun-toating Congresswoman set off the newly installed US Capitol metal detectors and refused to allow Capitol Police officers to search through her purse.
While she was denied entrance to the House chamber, Boebert was later seen entering the chamber to cast a vote, but it was unclear if she was still carrying her purse.
Boebert, a fierce gun rights advocate, later tweeted, “I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex.”
I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex.
Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 13, 2021
Boebert also said the metal detectors installed at entrances to the House chamber earlier Tuesday “would not have stopped the violence we saw last week,” when supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol.
In a Tuesday afternoon statement announcing the new metal detectors, acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett reminded lawmakers that firearms are forbidden inside the chamber.
“Failure to complete screening or the carrying of prohibited items could result in denial of access to the Chamber,” he added.
Blodgett was sworn in on Monday to replace Paul Irving, who resigned as the House sergeant-at-arms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol.
Rep. Lauren Boebert Vows To Carry Her Glock To Congress
Let me tell you why I WILL carry my Glock to Congress.
Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 4, 2021