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Rep. Boebert Refuses Capitol Police Bag Check, Calls Screening ‘Political Stunt’

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Rep. Boebert Refuses Capitol Police Bag Check, Calls Screening ‘Political Stunt’

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), the newly elected Republican who has affirmed that she plans to carry firearms on Capitol grounds, criticized the newly installed metal detectors outside the House chamber, saying they are nothing more than “another political stunt” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Freshman Boebert, a gun rights advocate, on Tuesday refused a bag check by Capitol police when she set off metal detectors during a now-mandatory security screening for lawmakers and was subsequently denied entrance to the House chamber. It isn’t clear how the matter was resolved, however, Boebert later denounced the security policy shift in a Twitter post, saying that she is “legally permitted” to carry her 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,” she wrote after the incident. …

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