Lauren Boebert’s display of firearms at committee meeting triggers reaction

Lauren Boebert’s display of firearms at committee meeting triggers reaction

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert displayed personal firearms in the background of a virtual House Committee on Natural Resources meeting this week, sparking some reaction. U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert drew attention this week after showing up to a virtual committee meeting with some of her personal firearms displayed in the background. The House Committee on Natural Resources held an organizational meeting Thursday to discuss and put into place rules for the conduct of the committee and go over any amendments to the rules. During the meeting, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., the committee’s ranking member, introduced an amendment to a rule that prohibits committee members from bringing firearms to meetings in person. All members of the House and the Senate are currently permitted to bring their firearms to Capitol Hill and in many different areas of the Capitol building, excluding the chamber and the surrounding areas. Boebert, R-Colo., an outspoken gun rights advocate, had three large firearms and a handgun displayed behind her for the duration of the meeting. In discussing Westerman’s amendment, U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., commented on Boebert’s background. “If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom background in their private life, they can do that,” Huffman said. “But this is our hearing room, and at some point we will get past the COVID epidemic and we’ll all be showing up in person, and our safety and our ability to conduct business civilly without feeling threatened is a relevant consideration.” Boebert […]

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