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Politics Republicans decry new metal detectors off House floor, citing 2nd Amendment rights

04:15  14 january  2021
04:15  14 january  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Republicans like Lauren Boebert complain that newly installed magnetometers outside House floor violate the Second Amendment . 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Just days after last week's riot, Republicans are decrying new metal detectors Capitol Police placed outside the doors to the

Several Republican members of Congress on Tuesday complained about — or outright bypassed — the metal detectors to enter the House floor , which were Ahead of a House vote Tuesday evening calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald

Just days after last week's riot, Republicans are decrying new metal detectors Capitol Police placed outside the doors to the House of Representatives chamber as a violation of their Second Amendment rights.

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cooperates with Capitol Police as she is screened at a metal detector at the doors of the House of Representatives Chamber during a series of votes, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cooperates with Capitol Police as she is screened at a metal detector at the doors of the House of Representatives Chamber during a series of votes, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

The new security measure, implemented Tuesday afternoon, requires all members and staff pass through the magnetometers before they go onto the House floor, where on Wednesday the Trump impeachment debate was underway, and near where gunfire rang out near Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office last Wednesday.

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She added: “ Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week – it's just another political stunt by speaker We now live in Pelosi’s communist America!” The dispute over the detectors spilled onto the House floor on Tuesday, as Florida representative Greg

Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just Many noted that metal detectors are common in a variety of public spaces and institutions, including “Just had to go through a metal detector before entering the House floor ,” she tweeted.

Democrats, in control of the chamber, say they worry about their safety and a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the detectors were installed on her orders.

a group of people standing next to a person: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cooperates with Capitol Police as she is screened at a metal detector at the doors of the House of Representatives Chamber during a series of votes, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi cooperates with Capitol Police as she is screened at a metal detector at the doors of the House of Representatives Chamber during a series of votes, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

On the House floor Tuesday evening, Republicans expressed their opposition to the new metal detectors, accusing Democrats of trying to score political points while diverting Capitol Police resources. Pelosi, however, doubled down on her new rule a day later with the threat of hefty fines.

Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube called the new security measures "appalling" and warned the new protocol is "what you have to look forward to in a Biden administration."

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Capitol Police had set up metal detectors outside of the House floor as of Tuesday afternoon and all Cawthorn exercises his 2 nd Amendment rights , as well as the privileges available to members of When members went to the floor for votes Tuesday night, multiple Republicans were furious at

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"Don't touch me," Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., told a Capitol Police officer as he entered the chamber.

a man and a woman standing in front of a window: Rep. Lauren Boebert stand-offs with security as she entered the House Chamber after refusing to let Capitol Police look into her bag on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2021. © Ken Cedeno/UPI via Shutterstock Rep. Lauren Boebert stand-offs with security as she entered the House Chamber after refusing to let Capitol Police look into her bag on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2021.

GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a conservative whose insistence on carrying her Glock pistol around Capitol Hill has alarmed Democrats -- as well as some members of her own party -- refused to allow Capitol Police officers to search her bag.

After a couple of minutes, she was allowed into the chamber, but it's not clear if she was searched, according to pool reporters on the scene.

"This is horses---" Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, told House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in front of reporters.

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No House Republican voted to impeach Trump during the inquiry earlier in his term that resulted in a In a memo, Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett said the metal detectors were Womack shouted "I was physically restrained!" And Mullin said "it's my constitutional right " and "they

"Rodney, we're all going through magnetometers," Hoyer, D-Md., replied.

"I just went through one. You know the threat on the interior side of the building. You'll taking valuable resources completely away from where it needs to be, and you did it without any consultation with the minority," Davis shot back.

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: U.S. Capitol Police install a metal detector at the doors of the House Chamber Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images U.S. Capitol Police install a metal detector at the doors of the House Chamber Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Despite the protests, Pelosi said Wednesday night that the new measures will remain and the House will vote on Jan. 21 on a rule that would fine any member who refuses to abide by them. If the vote passes, violators will be fined $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second offense, with the money coming directly from the member's salary, the speaker said in a statement.

"Sadly, just days later, many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe," she said in a statement.

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At the beginning of each session of Congress, every member receives a packet of official documents, including items such as their member pins required for security access and license plates. They also must sign a form acknowledging receipt of the packet, which includes "Capitol Police Board Firearms Regulations."

"Members are reminded that pursuant to the firearms regulations that Members received on opening day, firearms are restricted to a Member’s Office," acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodget wrote in a memo Tuesday.

In an interview last week, freshman Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina revealed he was armed with a firearm during the assault on the Capitol -- an apparent violation of the firearm regulations.

a person wearing a wet suit on a bicycle: Rep. Madison Cawthorn while going to the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C. © Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images, FILE Rep. Madison Cawthorn while going to the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

“We didn't have our Capitol police escort so there were multiple times we needed to change the route we were taking just to be safe,” Cawthorn told the Smokey Mountain News as he described his evacuation from the House chamber. “Fortunately, I was armed, so we would have been able to protect ourselves.”

At just 25 years old, Cawthorn is the youngest member of Congress. Tuesday night, reporters noted that he was searched as he entered the House chamber.

“It’s [C]ongressman Cawthorn’s general posture to practice his Second Amendment rights, as well as the rights afforded to him as a member of Congress,” a spokesman told ABC News. “Congressman Cawthorn also abides by all Capitol Police regulations that he is made aware of.”

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Currently, visitors and staff are screened when they enter the Capitol building, but before Tuesday, members were never screened before they entered the chamber.

There are already metal detectors in place for visitors to the House galleries, which have been shuttered since March because of the pandemic.

ABC News' Ivan Pereira contributed to this report.

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