GOP rep says he intentionally sidestepped House metal detectors to get legal standing to sue Pelosi

GOP rep says he intentionally sidestepped House metal detectors to get legal standing to sue Pelosi

(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) WASHINGTON – GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde said he wasn’t trying to sneak a gun into the House chamber when he bypassed new metal detectors installed at the Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot . Instead, the Second Amendment enthusiast said he was purposely skirting the new security rules to have a chance to sue House Speaker Nancy Pelosi . "I did that so we would have legal standing to take the case to federal court, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do," Clyde, R-Ga., told Fox News. "And I’m all teed up to do that. People have to stand for the Constitution. And if I have to get fined in order to give me a legal standing to do that then I’ll be fined." Clyde, a Georgia gun store owner, refused to go through the new metal detectors outside the House chamber two times in violation of a new House rule put in place after the Jan. 6 insurrection to ensure that no guns and weapons are brought into the chamber. Breaking the rules cost Clyde $15,000 in fines — $5,000 for the first infraction and $10,000 for the second. "That’s OK," Clyde said of a $15,000 setback. "I’m good with the taking a hit for the team. But we’re going to win on this and we’re going to have House Resolution 73 declared unconstitutional because it is unconstitutional." Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas was also fined $5,000 for skirting […]

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