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A pistol-packing member of Congress set off a suddenly installed metal detector in the US Capitol — and refused to let cops look through her purse.
Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was denied entrance to the House chamber following the Tuesday night incident, the Denver Post said.
Boebert was later seen entering the chamber to cast a vote, but it was unclear if she was still carrying her bag, the report said.
Boebert, a fierce gun rights advocate, later tweeted, “I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex.”
Boebert also said the metal detectors installed at entrances to the House chamber earlier Tuesday “would not have stopped the violence we saw last week,” when supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol.
She called the added security measure “just another political stunt” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
In a Tuesday afternoon statement announcing the new metal detectors, acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett reminded lawmakers that firearms are forbidden inside the chamber.
“Failure to complete screening or the carrying of prohibited items could result in denial of access to the Chamber,” he added.
Blodgett was sworn in on Monday to replace Paul Irving, who resigned as the House sergeant-at-arms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol.
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