Lauren Boebert Has Been Granted Concealed Carry Permit in DC
Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-03) has been granted a concealed carry permit in Washington DC, according to chief of police Robert Contee.
At a press conference Thursday, Contee also clarified that Boebert has not yet been seen carrying a gun. She previously released an ad of herself walking around the Capitol grounds saying “I will carry my firearm in DC and in Congress.” She has also stated that “I’ve always heard to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’ I prefer to speak loudly and carry a Glock.”
“As we do with all our permits, if citizens are allowed to carry, then we grant them a permit,” Contee said. “In this case, she was allowed to carry and she was granted a permit.”
Let me tell you why I WILL carry my Glock to Congress.
Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 4, 2021
I’ve always heard to “speak softly and carry a big stick.”
I prefer to speak loudly and carry a Glock.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 8, 2020
Upon entering Congress in early January Boebert became a co-chair of the House Second Amendment Caucus. She is very popular nationwide among conservatives for whom gun rights is a significant issue. Because of this and her unapologetic pro-Trump populism, Boebert routinely ruffles the feathers of Democrats. She made headlines only a few days into her freshman term after refusing to walk through metal detectors placed on the House floor, calling them a “political stunt” courtesy of Nancy Pelosi.
“I am legally permitted to carry my 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,” Boebert tweeted on January 12.
Now that Boebert has her permit, hopefully Democratic talk of banning concealed carrying on Capitol grounds will now come to an end. It was thought that such talk came as a direct response to Boebert’s discussions with Capitol police about carrying her Glock. Besides, there are much bigger fish to fry anyway.