Texas Democrat Opposes Colleagues' Attempts To Ban Firearms At The Capitol

A Texas Democratic Congressman opposed his colleagues' attempts to block lawmakers from carrying firearms on the Capitol grounds. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez said that he trusted the policy that allowed lawmakers to bring firearms in the Capitol.

“There is a clear history of members of Congress being targeted with violence,” Gonzalez said. “And if we want to carry for an added layer of protection, we should be able to do so.”

Gonzalez who reportedly does not own firearms said the Capitol police did an excellent job in protecting legislators and visitors at the Capitol.

Democrats including El Paso Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobar and Colorado Rep. Jared Huffman were leading efforts to overturn the law.

“Threats of political violence are on the rise, and it makes all of us less safe if members of Congress don’t have to comply with gun safety standards,” said Rep. Huffman.

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Huffman said that armed legislators could unwittingly endanger their lives and those of others by carrying firearms within the capitol grounds.

“There is a total lack of uniformity and procedure surrounding members of Congress carrying firearms, which fosters an environment where members may unwittingly be putting themselves and others in danger,” Huffman

Efforts to ban firearms at the Capitol gained fresh momentum after Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boerbert reportedly informed the Capitol Police of her intentions to carry firearms.

The Associated Press reported that Congress members were not required to inform authorities of such intentions.

Similarly, the news outlet noted that the 1967 statute was against any laws barring legislators from having firearms within the confines of their offices.

In an interview with Fox News, Boebert said she would not bow to the Democrat “cancel mob” seeking to overturn the decades-old policy.

Although Democrats could unilaterally pass such a measure in the House, the proposal would be dead on arrival on the Senate floor.

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