Boebert Responds to Metal Detectors at Capitol

posted on January 16, 2021
Gage Skidmore courtesy Flickr

In the newest and perhaps most-novel attempt to create a “gun-free” zone, metal detectors have been erected at various entrances to the Congressional House floor in response to the Capitol breach last week.

“Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) told reporters. “It’s just another political stunt.”

Boebert, who has often been in the spotlight for her pro-Second Amendment views, told Fox News shortly after last week’s siege on the Capitol that she had followed the rules and not brought her gun onto the House floor. Thus, she found herself unarmed during the event.

“It was just like this ‘I told you so’ moment,” Boebert said. “I wish that I would have just not listened. Because my life is worth defending. The people next to me, their lives are worth defending. Then to not have the ability to do so, it's very discomforting.”

Boebert noted she believes the metal detectors put members’ lives at further risk: “Just to limit the ability to protect your life. … it’s terrible.”

The new metal detectors are situated in such a way that people can easily walk around them, and, according to news reports, several representatives have done exactly that. Boebert herself reportedly set off the alarms and refused to hand over her bag to be searched. She did gain access to the House floor after tripping the alarm, but it was unclear whether she had ultimately consented to her bag being searched.

The current rule for members is that they may be armed in the Capitol, but not everywhere within it, including not on the House floor. Twenty representatives attempted to change the rules before the start of this Congress to prevent members from having guns at the Capitol entirely, but Boebert and 82 other members objected. When unveiled, the new rules did not include further restrictions on firearms.


NRA Logo On Blue
NRA Logo On Blue

NRA Adds ACLU As Co-Counsel, Bolstering Legal Team on First Amendment Case

The NRA announced the addition of the ACLU as co-counsel in its First Amendment case.

More Than Half of State Attorneys General Demand Answers from Biden

The group submitted a formal comment letter addressing the ATF’s proposed rulemaking regarding the “Definition of ‘Engaged in Business’ as a Dealer in Firearms.”

Another Armed Californian Saves His Family

Robberies and burglaries are increasingly occurring in the Golden State.

This is What Empowering Women Really Looks Like

With gun ownership on the rise throughout the nation, women are one huge demographic that has seen noticeable growth in this area. Such is why one NRA firearms instructor built a self-defense training company that caters exclusively to women.

What’s Next for Oregon?

When a circuit court judge imposed a permanent injunction against Oregon’s anti-freedom measure last week, it was just the latest skirmish in a year-long, up-and-down battle against the sweeping, poorly conceived law.

The Armed Citizen® December 4, 2023

True stories of the right to keep and bear arms.

Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.