Democratic consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had earlier raised doubts over the intention of a few of her Republican colleagues within the aftermath of Capitol riots.

By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:45 PM IST

The US Capitol Police are probing an try by Republican lawmaker Andy Harris to carry a gun into the House of Representatives chamber on Thursday, a day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden. According to US media reviews, Maryland consultant Andy Harris set off steel detectors whereas he was making an attempt to enter the House chamber, prompting a safety guard to make use of a steel detector wand that noticed the hid gun.

While House members are allowed to hold firearms in Capitol grounds, they aren’t allowed to take it onto the House ground. The officer reportedly denied entry to Harris and despatched him away. According to CNN, Harris requested fellow Republican John Katko to carry his gun however the latter refused to take action, saying he didn’t have a license to carry the firearm. Harris returned to the House chamber moments later with out the gun.

The steel detectors have been put in final week amid heightened safety issues within the aftermath of the Capitol violence that left 5 lifeless, together with one police officer. Democratic consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly often called AOC, had earlier raised doubts over the intention of a few of her Republican colleagues.

Ocasio-Cortez had informed her hundreds of followers through Instagram Live that she “didn’t feel safe around other members of Congress” when rioters stormed the Capitol. “I myself did not even feel safe going to that extraction point because there were QAnons and white supremacist sympathisers and, frankly, white supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point who I know and who I had felt would disclose my location,” she had stated.

After the Republican lawmaker was caught making an attempt to enter the House chamber with a gun, AOC revealed that a number of members nonetheless don’t really feel “safe around other members of Congress.” Speaking to CNN, the member of the progressive caucus stated that it was not solely “irresponsible” and “reckless” motion to carry a gun onto the House ground, but in addition a violation of guidelines.

“I don’t really care what they say their intentions are, I care what the impact of their actions are, and the impact is to put all 435 members of Congress in danger,” she added.

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