WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police are investigating an incident wherein a Republican lawmaker was blocked from getting into the Home chamber after setting off a metallic detector whereas apparently carrying a hid gun.
Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., set off the metallic detector whereas attempting to enter the chamber Thursday afternoon. The metallic detectors have been put in after the Jan. 6 revolt on the Capitol, which left 5 individuals lifeless, together with a Capitol police officer. The incident was witnessed by a reporter from the Huffington Put up
After setting off the machine, Harris was requested to step apart for additional screening. At the moment, an officer found Harris was carrying a hid gun on his aspect, in accordance with the reporter.
The officer despatched Harris away, at which level Harris tried to get Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., to take the gun from him. Katko refused, telling Harris he didn’t have a license to hold a gun. Harris ultimately left and returned lower than 10 minutes later. He as soon as once more went by way of safety and didn’t set off the magnetometer. He was then allowed to enter the Home flooring.
Harris, in his sixth time period representing Maryland’s Jap Shore, issued an announcement by way of his chief of employees, Bryan Shuy.
“As a result of his and his household’s lives have been threatened by somebody who has been launched awaiting trial, for safety causes, the congressman by no means confirms whether or not he nor anybody else he’s with are carrying a firearm for self-defense,” the assertion stated. “As a matter of public file, he has a Maryland Handgun Allow. And the congressman at all times complies with the Home metallic detectors and wanding. The Congressman has by no means carried a firearm on the Home flooring.”
Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for Capitol Police, stated the incident is being investigated.
The general public will not be allowed to hold weapons on Capitol grounds, however members of Congress might maintain firearms of their places of work or transport them on the Capitol grounds if they’re unloaded and securely wrapped. Lawmakers are usually not allowed to deliver weapons into both the Home or Senate chambers.