Texas Congressman Says Legislators Should Be Able To Carry Firearms In Chamber
January 17, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
In response to the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Tucson, Ariz., Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) plans to introduce legislation that would allow lawmakers to carry weapons on the House floor as well as in the District of Columbia.
Gohmert told The Hill that he does not plan on carrying firearms, but he believes that members of Congress have the right, as enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, to protect themselves. A spokesperson for Gohmert told the media outlet that the law will only apply in DC and it will not affect any state laws.
"There is a rash of legislation further infringing on 2nd Amendment rights that has been unwisely proffered in the wake of events in Tucson,” Gohmert said in a written statement. “If members of Congress wish to carry a weapon in the Federal District of Columbia, it should be permissible."
GOP members of the House convened for a security briefing on Jan. 12. Following the closed-door session, Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) addressed the 2nd Amendment, which is being debated among politicians and many Americans following the Arizona shooting.
Franks said that he wished there was one more gun present at the Tucson shopping mall, and that it was "in the hands of a responsible person," quoted by USA Today.