Metal detectors installed at the entrance to the floor of the US House, angering some members: report
Metal detectors were installed at the entrance to the floor of the United States House of Representatives at the United States Capitol on Tuesday, and some members are not happy with the change, according to reports.
The change was made following crowds entering the Capitol during a riot on January 6, including a deadlock in the bedroom.
A memo from Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett discussed detectors installed to ensure compliance with police regulations prohibiting firearms and incendiary devices in the bedroom, CNN reported. Capitol Police installed them outside the home’s floor on Tuesday afternoon.
The move immediately met resistance from some members, including Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who said she was legally permitted to carry a gun in the building and called it a “political coup” in a tweet.
According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, Republican Representative for Texas Chip Roy also denounced the new detectors, saying they were “unnecessary, unconstitutional and endangering members.”
Huffington Post reporter Matt Fuller, who was on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, said at least 10 Republican members walked through without acknowledging that they had exited or were bypassing detectors before entering the ground, including the Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry.
He also reported that some members have gone past security.
NBCNews reported that members were advised that firearms are limited to their offices.
Indiana Representative Larry Bucshon said the new checkpoint was “unconstitutional” and said GOP leader Kevin McCarthy should formally protest.
There have been no reports of consequences or restrictions for lawmakers who ignored metal detectors on Tuesday night.
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