The Republic of the United States, Lauren Bobert, who vowed to move her Glock through Washington, D.C. and was criticized by the city’s police chief, caused a minor incident at a security stop at the US House of Representatives on Tuesday night.
It is reported that the Republican rifle was trying to pass through newly installed metal detectors, which sounds like it. She then refused to hand over her bag to Capitol police, who in turn refused to let her enter the chamber’s cells, according to local reporters.
It is not clear how the issue was resolved. Reporters saw Bobert enter Parliament to vote, but could not confirm whether she was admitted with her bag. Boebert̵
Members of Congress have the right to carry weapons elsewhere in the Capitol complex, but not on the floors of the House and Senate. Boebert guessed on Twitter Tuesday that she had a gun that night.
“I am legally allowed to carry my firearms in Washington, D.C., and at the Capitol,” Bobert tweeted the incident. “The metal detectors outside the House would not stop the violence we saw last week – it’s just another political trick by speaker (Nancy) Pelosi.”
Bobert’s polite confrontation with police came less than a week after insurgents stormed the US Capitol, killing a police officer. In the days since, the congresswoman has repeatedly expressed her condolences and thanks to the Capitol police.
“I thank the brave men and women of our law enforcement community, especially the U.S. Capitol Police, who keep us safe,” she tweeted Tuesday afternoon, two hours before refusing to carry out orders from officers.