Summary List PlacementRepublican Rep. Andy Harris was prevented from penetrating the House chambers using a gun on Thursday by metal detectors which were put in place after the January 6 Capitol siege, the Huffington Post reported.
The outlet said they detected metal sensors go off when Harris walked . Then an officer detected a firearm about the congressman’s side when he scanned him with a metal-detecting wand. The firearm was concealed by Harris’s coat.
A Capitol official later confirmed to HuffPost that Harris had a gun on him. Capitol Police did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication.
Harris couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication.
HuffPost added they witnessed Harris effort to get Rep. John Katko to hold his firearm as he travelled to vote. Katko reportedly told Harris he didn’t possess a permit and refused to hold the gun. Harris subsequently left and came back 10 minutes afterwards, this time not setting off any alarms and moving inside the House chamber, HuffPost reported.
Congress implemented new security measures, such as installing metal detectors the week after supporters of then-President Donald Trump violated the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement, stopping a joint session of Congress as lawmakers were put to formalize President Joe Biden’s success from the 2020 election. The riot led to the deaths of five people.
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Several House Republicans flouted the safety measure, with several refusing to walk through them when they were initially executed.
Insider’s Lauren Frias previously reported that GOP freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert was about the radar of DC police later she released an ad saying she’d”carry my firearm in DC and in Congress.”
That prompted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to announce that Congress would fine people who refuse to comply with the new screening protocols $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for its second.
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