Brand new security measures outside the U.S. House chamber thwarted a Republican lawmaker from bringing a gun onto the House floor Thursday, reports the HuffPost.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who has repeatedly flouted magnetometers that were installed near the House chamber after the deadly Jan. 6 seige on the U.S. Capitol, set off the metal detectors while trying to enter the chamber.
“When an officer with a metal detector wand scanned him, a firearm was detected on Harris’s side, concealed by his suit coat. Police refused to let Harris in, and the officer signaled a security agent that Harris had a gun on him by motioning toward his own firearm,” HuffPost correspondent Matt Fuller reported Thursday.
“HuffPost witnessed the interaction and later confirmed with a Capitol official that Harris was carrying a gun. HuffPost watched Harris try to get another member to take the gun from him so he could go vote. The member, Rep. John Katko (R-NY), told Harris he didn’t have ‘a license’ and refused to hold the weapon for him,” the publication reported. “Harris then left on the elevators and 10 minutes later returned to the House chamber. He placed his cellphone and keys on a desk to the side, did not set off the magnetometer and was allowed to enter the House floor to vote on a waiver to allow retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as President Joe Biden’s defense secretary.”
Harris isn’t the only Republican who may be a security risk.
“During a security briefing with Democratic members early last week, some lawmakers suggested that members should have to go through a metal detector to get on the House floor. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has said she’ll carry a gun around D.C., which does not allow the open carrying of a firearm, and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) told his local paper that he was armed when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol,” HuffPost reported. “On Thursday, HuffPost saw Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rick Allen (R-GA) and Boebert all refuse to be wanded down after setting off the magnetometer.”
Anyway, I’ll also note that Andy Harris almost got into a fight with some Democratic members on the House floor the night of the January 6th attack.
Given what we know now, it’s entirely possible he was carrying a gun at the time.https://t.co/vtYF8Hh6QH
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 22, 2021