Alabama GOP lawmakers push back against gun, security restrictions at Capitol following riot

Alabama GOP lawmakers push back against gun, security restrictions at Capitol following riot

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo violent rioters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington. The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot may end up being used against him in his Senate impeachment trial as he faces the charge of inciting a violent insurrection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) AP The fallout from the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol building is creating a new arena in the federal battle over gun rights. Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, are raising the stakes in the latest battle by claiming concerns about an “enemy from within the House of Representatives.” The worries include lawmakers possessing guns inside the Capitol and complaints about increased security. Lawmakers are also denouncing colleagues who hold or have held sympathetic views toward far-right extremist groups and conspiracy theories. Republicans, including members of Congress from Alabama, argue that they have long been permitted to carry firearms on the Capitol complex without any previous concerns. They believe they should remain able to do so and have no worries about being harmed by their fellow lawmakers. “Members have every right – as does every American – to protect themselves and carry a weapon where permitted,” said U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville. “I don’t see any of my colleagues as a threat, so I’m opposed to the added security to go onto the House floor.” The latest debate over security and […]

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