GOP Texas Rep. Chip Roy Calls House Gun Ban an ‘Outrage,’ Considers Legal Action

GOP Texas Rep. Chip Roy Calls House Gun Ban an 'Outrage,' Considers Legal Action

Texas Republican Representative Chip Roy criticized the recent implementation of metal detectors and fines meant to prohibit lawmakers from carrying guns into the House floor , and said he is considering whether to take legal action. "It’s an outrage. I believe it deprives us of our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves," Roy said, according to The Washington Free Beacon. Roy’s criticism comes after metal detectors were placed outside of the congressional chamber on January 12 in order to prevent individuals from carrying weapons inside the building. The measure was ordered by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just days after a violent mob of former President Donald Trump ‘s supporters stormed the building. The attack left five people dead, including one Capitol Hill Police officer. Though the metal detectors were lauded by Democratic lawmakers, the measure drew immediate criticism from Roy and other Republicans who viewed the move as a violation of their rights. A number of GOP lawmakers— including Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve Stivers of Ohio, Van Taylor of Texas, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, and Larry Bucshon of Indiana—have been seen refusing to comply with the new orders since the detectors were first installed. "The metal detector policy for the House floor is unnecessary, unconstitutional, and endangers members," Roy tweeted on January 12. "I did not comply tonight. I will not comply in the future." On Tuesday, the Democratic-led House of Representatives instated a new rule to issue a $5,000 fine to any […]

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