D.C. police Chief Robert Contee has confirmed that Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., was issued a concealed carry permit in the district after the congresswoman raised controversy by vowing to bring a firearm into the Capitol after the riot last month.
“A concealed carry permit was issued in that case,” Contee said at a press conference on Thursday, when asked about Boebert.
The congresswoman released an ad last month that featured her walking across the Capitol grounds saying, “I will carry my firearm in D.C. and in Congress.”
Contee noted in the press conference that although the video implies Boebert is armed, she is not actually seen carrying a firearm, and said that he learned after the ad’s release that a permit application was “in the works,” at that time.
“As we do with all our permits, if citizens are allowed to carry, then we grant them a permit,” Contee said. “In this case, she was allowed to carry and she was granted a permit. And yes, we did reach out to the office.”
A spokesperson for the congresswoman told The Hill that Boebert has a concealed carry permit, and said that “as a Co-Chair of the Second Amendment Caucus, she has proudly helped some of her colleagues receive this permit as well.”
Contee also noted that he doesn’t know how many of the “thousands” of permits that the department has approved were for members of Congress, though he did say “there are probably others.”
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