Although Washington DC’s strict gun control requirements make it “illegal for most people to carry a firearm under Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws,” Capitol Police say it is allowable for members of Congress to keep guns in their offices and to transport them as well, “as long as they are unloaded.”
According to Yahoo News, Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said:
Members of Congress may maintain firearms within the confines of their office, and they and any employee or agent of any member of Congress may transport within the Capitol Grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.
But Schneider also made clear that no one “shall carry any firearm inside the chamber or on the floor of either House, in any lobby or cloakroom adjacent thereto, in the galleries of either House or in the Marble Room of the Senate or Rayburn Room of the House unless assigned or approved by the two Sergeants of Arms for maintenance of adequate security.”
This announcement comes one week after Representative Ken Buck (R-CO-4th Dist.) tweeted a photo of he and Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.-4th Dist.) holding an “assault rifle” under an American flag in Buck’s office on Capitol Hill.
Buck spoke to the hullabaloo over having the gun by pointing out that the gun is inoperable; the bolt carrier assembly is removed and the rifle has a trigger lock on it. He added, “Putting a trigger lock on an inoperable gun is like putting a chastity belt on a eunuch.”
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