Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, backed by 82 GOP legislators led a campaign to preserve the 1967 statute granting members of Congress the right to carry firearms in the Capitol.
However, a top D.C. cop hinted of a possible arrest following a video ad showing Boebert carrying a concealed firearm under her jacket while walking on a street in Washington, D.C.
“Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe. I promise to always stand strong for our 2nd Amendment rights,” Boebert tweeted alongside the video.
Noting that she doesn’t go to work in a motorcade or armored car, Boebert promises to carry her firearm in D.C. and Congress. The video also features her possibly carrying a gun on a street in the nation's capital.
In a demeaning tone, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee threatened Boebert with a possible arrest adding that plans were underway to contact her directly.
“That congresswoman, whoever it is, I guess it was from Colorado, will be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else that’s caught on the District of Columbia street that’s carrying a firearm,” Contee said.
Washington, D.C. does not recognize concealed carry permits from other states, and carrying an unregistered firearm is punishable by a minimum one-year prison sentence, a fine of $2,500, or both.
Additionally, the District does not allow open carry under D.C. Code § 24-2344.1, while bearing concealed firearms is only allowed in “certain places” and for “specific purposes” as enumerated under D.C. Official Code § 22-4504.01.
Gun owners can only carry firearms at home, while using them for recreation, at their places of business, or while being legally transported as expressed under the District and federal statutes.
Consequently, carrying a firearm for self-defense as Rep. Boebert allegedly does or did in the video would be considered illegal by anti-gun authorities in D.C.
The mother of four had expressed concerns over her safety while working in one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
"I mean, come on. I'm 5-foot, 100 pounds. I am now in one of the most dangerous cities in America. The violent crime rate here is 158% times the national average. I will be walking alone a lot,” Rep. Boebert told Fox News.
Evidently, the police chief should concentrate on arresting criminals responsible for the insecurity plaguing D.C. instead of harassing a legislator who’s only concerned about her safety while discharging official duties.
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