- GOP rep. Andy Harris of Maryland attempted to carry a concealed weapon into the chambers of commerce Thursday, the Huffington Post reported.
- Metal detectors located in the Capitol after the January 6 attack went off when Harris tried to go through.
- Harris tried to get another representative to hold his weapon before he had to leave and return.
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Republican Representative Andy Harris was prevented from entering the chambers of the House with a gun Thursday by metal detectors put in place after the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6, the Huffington Post reported.
The electrical outlet said they witnessed metal detectors turn off when Harris went through. Then an officer discovered a firearm on the congressman̵
A Capitol official later confirmed to HuffPost that Harris was carrying a gun. Capitol Police did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication.
Harris could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
HuffPost added that they witnessed Harris’ attempt to get rep. John Katko to hold his firearm as he went in to vote. Katko allegedly said he was not licensed and refused to hold the gun. Harris then went back and came back 10 minutes later, this time rejecting no alarms and continuing inside the house chamber, HuffPost reported.
Congress implemented new security measures, including the installation of metal detectors the week after supporters of then-President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Capitol and collided with law enforcement, stopping a joint congressional session as lawmakers were set to formalize President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. The uprising led to the deaths of five people.
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Several House Republicans opposed the security measure, with several refusing to go through them when they were originally implemented.
Insiders Lauren Frias previously reported that GOP novice Rep. Lauren Boebert was on the radar of the DC police after she released an ad that she would “carry my firearm in DC and in Congress.”
That prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce that Congress would fine those who refuse to comply with the new screening protocols $ 5,000 for the first offense and $ 10,000 for the second.