Wednesday’s shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, that left five injured — including Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition — is resulting in calls for a change in policy.
GOP Rep Working With NRA on Policy to Keep Congress Safehttps://t.co/i0TkWsWQe6
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Although members of Congress may use any concealed carry permit they may have when traveling within their own state, that privilege doesn’t extend to their place of work — Washington, D.C. — home of some of the strictest gun control laws.
At least one congressman is attempting to change that sad state of affairs.
Rep. Chris Collins is working with the National Rifle Association to allow members of Congress to use their home state permits to carry a concealed weapons.
“Our prayers all go out to Scalise and his family, the New York Republican told “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
“Friends” co-host Abby Huntsman observed that members of Congress aren’t given security details in and around Capitol Hill and wondered what could be done.
“None of us has protection except for the leaders,” Collins agreed, adding that no one is asking for security.
“Myself, as I have stated, I have a carry permit,” he said. “I can carry and will be carrying when I’m back in my district … but in DC we can’t.”
Collins said he’ll also enjoy protection by sheriff’s deputies when attending a festival this weekend at his district in Nunda, New York.
“I can just tell you I am working with the NRA on some legislation that might be able … to assist members of Congress and their staff to be able to protect themselves.”
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Although many applauded the effort and offered more suggestions, others wondered what about the rest of us? How about reciprocity for all concealed carry permit holders?
How about a Congressional mandate that provides for ALL Senators & Congressmen to receive training and DC Carry Permits if desired?
— Benjamin Booth (@bullysupressor) June 17, 2017
love this representative know he understands the situation we hope all representative will be able to carry
— Cheryl Christas (@christas_cheryl) June 18, 2017
And the rest of us?
— Irina Florescu (@irina_florescu) June 18, 2017
@RepChrisCollins has CCP & will carry in his state. Working w/@NRA . Rep Collins, need to implement reciprocal CCP agreements in all States.
— Elisa Janes (@EJanesSeminole) June 18, 2017
Why not allow everyone to be safe and take care of themselves, CCW or OC??? Makes more sense
— Harley1974 (@SusanKander) June 18, 2017
Collins added that lawmakers leave their rancor and differences behind in the House and Senate and tend to get along on a personal basis.
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