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GOP Congresswoman Boebert Defends Decision To Carry Gun In DC: ‘I Am My Own Security’

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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., told “Fox & Friends” there is “no question” she will carry her Glock handgun in Washington, D. C., despite pushback from the chief of police.

The newly elected lawmaker and owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., defended her viral ad Tuesday.

“It’s right there in our Constitution. It’s an amendment to our Constitution, and there’s an absolute uproar over people wanting to defend myself,” the 34-year-old mother of four said.

“I mean, come on. I’m 5-foot, 100 pounds. I am now in one of the most dangerous cities in America. The violent crime rate here is 158% times the national average. I will be walking alone a lot,” she said.

“Just like I say in my ad, being a member of Congress is pretty basic. I don’t go to work in an armored vehicle. I don’t have personal police escorts. I am my own security here and my most basic right is my right to defend myself,” Boebert concluded.

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III said during a press conference Monday that he will reach out to the Colorado lawmaker about her plans, noting he wants to ensure “she is aware of what the laws of the District of Columbia are.”

“That congresswoman will be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else that’s caught on the D. C. streets carrying a firearm,” Contee added.

Boebert responded by saying “there’s no question” she will be able to carry in the Capitol, noting the newly sworn-in police chief’s “first order of business is to come after a 34-year-old woman who wants to protect herself in this dangerous city.”

“I have gone through the concealed carry courses that Washington, D. C., requires to obtain a concealed carry permit, and I think it’s very interesting that he wants to ensure that I un… (Read more)

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