Rep. Lauren Boebert leads GOP "standoff" with Capitol Police over metal detectors on House floor

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House Republicans pushed through officers and snuck into the chamber, then called the new security measures an "atrocity."
Some Republican members of Congress pushed through Capitol Police officers to enter the House floor Tuesday and Wednesday, refusing to go through newly-installed metal detectors set up after last week's deadly pro-Trump riot.

The acting House sergeant-at-arms issued a memo to all members of Congress on Tuesday warning that refusing to go through the metal detector or carrying prohibited items onto the House floor "could result in denial of access to the Chamber." But Capitol Hill reporters documented the scene as Republican members refused to cooperate with officers on Tuesday night as the House debated a measure calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., who has vowed to bring her gun to the Capitol, got into a "standoff with Capitol Police" after her bag set off the metal detectors and she refused to allow it to be searched, according to CNN's Ryan Nobles. Boebert was ultimately allowed into the chamber, although it is unclear whether her bag was searched.

A defiant Boebert insisted on Twitter after the "standoff" that she is "legally permitted to carry" her gun in Washington and inside the Capitol, even though the sergeant-at-arms stressed that firearms are prohibited on the floor and must be restricted to members' offices.

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Boebert, who raised alarm among some Democrats after tweeting about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's location during last week's siege, argued that the metal detectors "would not have stopped the violence we saw" last Wednesday, calling it a "political stunt." The metal detectors were installed after lawmakers expressed concern during a Capitol Police briefing on ongoing plots against the Capitol that "members who were in league with the insurrectionists who love to carry their guns" may aid in a potential future attack. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., who cheered on Trump's supporters at a rally before the riot, has…
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