Republicans decry new metal detectors off House floor, citing 2nd Amendment rights

Republicans decry new metal detectors off House floor, citing 2nd Amendment rights

Just days after last week’s riot, Republicans are decrying new metal detectors Capitol Police placed outside the doors to the House of Representatives chamber as a violation of their Second Amendment rights. The new security measure, implemented Tuesday afternoon, requires all members and staff pass through the magnetometers before they go onto the House floor, where on Wednesday the Trump impeachment debate was underway, and near where gunfire rang out near Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office last Wednesday. Democrats, in control of the chamber, say they worry about their safety and a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the detectors were installed on her orders. PHOTO: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cooperates with Capitol Police as she is screened at a metal detector at the doors of the House of Representatives Chamber during a series of votes, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE) On the House floor Tuesday evening, Republicans expressed their opposition to the new metal detectors, accusing Democrats of trying to score political points while diverting Capitol Police resources. Pelosi, however, doubled down on her new rule a day later with the threat of hefty fines. Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube called the new security measures "appalling" and warned the new protocol is "what you have to look forward to in a Biden administration." "Don’t touch me," Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., told a Capitol Police officer as he entered the chamber. PHOTO: Rep. Lauren Boebert stand-offs with security as she entered the […]

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