DENVER — The chief of police in Washington, D.C. said Monday that he planned to speak to Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R) about gun regulations within the city.
In a press conference, Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department said Boebert, from Rifle, Colo., will be treated like any other citizen if she is caught breaking the District’s firearm rules.
“What I will say to that is there are no exceptions in the District of Columbia, with the exception of being able to carry on U.S. Capitol Police property,” he said. “We plan to reach out to the congresswoman’s office to make sure that she is aware what the laws of the District of Columbia are, what the restrictions are.”
“That congresswoman… will be subjected to the same penalties for anyone else that’s caught on a District of Columbia street carrying a firearm unlawfully.”
The chief’s comments followed a video that was posted to the freshman congresswoman’s personal Twitter account over the weekend. The video appears to show her conceal a gun under her blazer before walking through the city.
“Even though I now work in one of the most liberal cities in America, I refuse to give up my rights,” she said in the video, with “I will carry my Glock to Congress” shown on the screen.
Boebert said she wants to fight for Americans’ Second Amendment rights and cites violent crime as a reason for carrying the gun with her while she walks to work.
Slides presented by District officials during the press conference outlined that out-of-state conceal carry licenses do not apply within the capital.
"Members of the public are reminded that the District of Columbia does not have reciprocity with other states’ concealed pistol licenses; unless a person has been issued a concealed pistol license by the District of Columbia, they cannot conceal carry a firearm in the city," the text said.
While the public cannot have firearms at the Captiol, lawmakers generally can in accordance with some rules. Open-carry is not permitted in Washington, D.C.
A spokesperson for Boebert did not directly answer when 9NEWS asked if she registered the gun in her video with local police, as required by law, though Boebert’s office told The Washington Post that she did not actually carry a gun with her for the shoot.
Boebert has previously expressed that she plans to carry a gun with her at the U.S. Capitol.
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