Rep. Lauren Boebert Talks About Gun Safety While Backed By Unsafe Gun Display
Despite Boebert’s objection, a House committee decided in its meeting to pass a rule barring people from carrying firearms in its hearing room.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), a first-term lawmaker who’s quickly gained notoriety for embracing conspiracy theories and saying she will carry her Glock with her at all times, joined a House committee meeting Thursday via video call with several guns unsafely stored behind her.
Boebert was at the first meeting for the House Natural Resources Committee this session, where members were debating a proposed rule to bar people from carrying firearms in its hearing room at the U.S. Capitol. The rule ultimately passed on a voice vote, Insider reported.
During a debate in the meeting, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) admonished Boebert.
“If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop 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 start showing up in person.”
He added: “Our safety and our ability to conduct business civilly without feeling threatened is a relevant consideration, unfortunately."
Observers on Twitter and other representatives pointed out how Boebert’s guns were not stored safely:
Boebert framed her objection to the committee rule, predictably, around an ardent defense of the Second Amendment. She also inquired about safe storage for her firearm in the event that she is disarmed at the Capitol and receiving a personal security detail.
“On January 6, none of us were looking to our neighbors saying, ‘Gosh, I wish there were enough metal detectors outside,’” Boebert said, referencing the deadly insurrection led by Trump supporters. “This is a blatant violation of our constitutional rights.”
A 1967 regulation exempts lawmakers from a ban on firearms on Capitol grounds, including in their offices, but not on the Senate and House floors. Five days before the insurrection, dozens of Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking them to uphold those protections for lawmakers.
Boebert, a rising provocateur and gun rights advocate, ironically owns “a gun-themed restaurant” in Rifle, Colorado, the Washington Post reported. She attracted attention for saying she will carry her Glock with her at all times following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot — to the consternation of local police and Capitol security. She faced calls for her resignation after she tweeted information about House Speaker Pelosi’s location during the insurrection. Boebert also has ties to far-right militia groups, according to the New York Times.
Last month, Boebert defended her QAnon-promoting conspiracy theorist colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Twitter by mocking a Parkland school shooting survivor. After videos of Greene harassing gun reform advocate David Hogg were widely shared on Twitter, Hogg tweeted that Greene and Boebert were the “real threats'' of the Capitol. Boebert then and mock Hogg for not responding to Greene’s incessant badgering in the 2019 video. Greene was shortly after demoted from two committee positions in the wake of widespread criticism.
Ashleigh Carter and Versha Sharma contributed to this report.