Two Republican congressmen are under police investigation after one one ‘tried to bring gun onto floor of the House’ and the another ‘manhandled’ cop at anti-gun metal detectors
- U.S. Capitol Police are investigating two incidents involving the new magnetometers outside the House Chamber
- Russ Fulcher potentially assaulted an officer while rushing through the detector and Andy Harris was found concealing a gun while trying to enter the chamber
- Metal detectors were erected outside the House chamber last month as extra safety measures were put in place following the January 6 Capitol attack
- All lawmakers and their staff are required to pass through the magnetometer before entering the chamber – and many GOPers have already tried to evade it
- Violators will face $5,000 fines for their first violation of the new House rule and another $10,000 for all subsequent violations
Capitol Police are investigating two Republican congressmen for incidents involving the new metal detectors outside the House chamber after one tried to bring a gun onto the chamber floor and another may have ‘manhandled’ an officer while rushing through the triggered magnetometer.
Members of Congress and their staff are now required to pass through metal detectors placed outside the chamber to prevent any weapons, including guns, from being brought onto the House floor – part of new safety measures put in place after the January 6 Capitol attack.
One of the probes is looking into Republican Representative Andy Harris of Maryland allegedly trying to bring a concealed gun onto the House floor on January 21, the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Harris set off the magnetometer that day and complied with a subsequent wand-search, according to a Wednesday report detailing a Huffington Post reporter’s witness of the events. The search resulted in the officer finding a gun on Harris’ side, a Capitol officer later confirmed, and led to a hushed conversation between the two.
U.S. Capitol Police are investigating two incidents involving the new magnetometers outside the House Chamber after Rep. Russ Fulcher (left) potentially assaulted an officer while rushing through the triggered detector and Rep. Andy Harris (right) was found concealing a gun while trying to enter the chamber
Metal detectors were erected outside the House chamber last month as extra safety measures were put in place following the January 6 Capitol attack. All lawmakers and their staff are required to pass through the magnetometer before entering the chamber
The reporter said Harris then went to the elevator banks to speak with Republican Representative John Katko of New York to supposedly ask him to hold his firearm while he cast his vote.
“I don’t have a license for that,” the reporter heard Katko say, but the rest of the conversation was inaudible.
Lawmakers are permitted to carry firearms in most areas of the Capitol campus, excluding the chamber floors, the adjoining lobbies and cloakrooms, the Marble Room of the Senate and the Rayburn Room of the House.
Those who wish to conceal carry also have to obtain the special permit needed for conceal carrying of the firearm. U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) seemed concerned with the fact Harris was concealing his weapon, HuffPost noted.
The second incident involved GOP Congressman Russ Fulcher of Idaho who on January 12 had a physical interaction with a female officer near the magnetometer.
The night of the first vote following the Capitol storming, HuffPost observed Fulcher set off the metal detector and subsequently tried to rush past an officer operating the device who seemed to inadvertently get in his way.
Fulcher and the officer, a black woman significantly smaller than the congressman, got into an awkward position in trying to avoid a run in. After a few uncomfortable zig-zags, Fulcher grabbed the officer with both hands and pushed past her roughly.
Based on the reporter’s witness of the interaction, they did not feel Fulcher was intentionally trying to injure or be adversarial with the officer.
USCP said they are investigating the matter.
Many GOP lawmakers have already pushed back against the new safety measure and tried to evade the magnetometer. Here pro-2nd Amendment Rep. Lauren Boebert is stopped by Capitol Police as she passes through the metal detectors
The magnetometer’s erection has caused some stir among Republican congressmen and women.
The Democrat-controlled House voted earlier this month to fine lawmakers who tried to evade the detectors on their first offense by $5,000 and $10,000 for each subsequent offense.
Pro Second Amendment freshman Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado vowed to carry her Glock to Congress even before the riots. She refused to allow Capitol Police to search her bag after it set off the newly placed magnetometer.
Representative Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma shouted at police officers conducting the searches.
According to several reports, GOP Representatives Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Louie Gohmert and Randy Weber, both of Texas, walked around the machines at some point.