Rep. Lauren Boebert displays guns in background during virtual House committee hearing ~ The Washington Post

Colorado voters have to get rid of this bimbo. She’s an embarrassment to ‘thinking people’ of western Colorado. rŌbert

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Colby Itkowitz

Feb. 18, 2021

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) attended a virtual House committee hearing Thursday with at least three large firearms prominently displayed behind her as she and her colleagues debated whether to ban lawmakers from bringing guns to committee meetings.

The freshman lawmaker and gun-rights advocate, who owns a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colo., had two AR-15-style rifles arranged like an X on a shelf behind her head and another large firearm lying across books on the shelf below. There was also a handgun.

The House Natural Resources Committee was holding its first organizational meeting, which included passage of the panel’s rules. Republicans offered an amendment to remove a provision prohibiting lawmakers from bringing firearms to meetings.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who has been on a one-man crusade for several years to tighten gun regulations on Capitol Hill, derided Boebert during the hearing.

“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.

“It’s necessary that we lay down these ground rules that whatever your fetishes or feelings are about guns, you’re not going to bring them into our committee room,” he added.

Boebert responded that the Democrats were infringing on her constitutional rights.

“It doesn’t matter how you feel, how you classify it. This is an enumerated right . . . to bear arms,” she said.

A 1967 law banned firearms anywhere in the Capitol building and grounds but gave U.S. Capitol Police the power to make exceptions. Later that year, Capitol Police decided that lawmakers could keep them in their personal offices and transport unloaded firearms “within the Capitol Grounds.”

There has been debate over whether that means they can bring guns into committee rooms. To clear up the ambiguity, Democrats on the Natural Resources Committee added an explicit rule forbidding it in at least that committee. Republicans argued that no other committee has done this and accused Democrats of using the panel politically.

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