WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the light of the attack on U.S. Congressional Republicans last week that left five people injured, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) yesterday announced the introduction of a bill that would allow members of Congress to carry a firearm.
H.R. 2945, dubbed the Congressional Personal Safety Act, would allow members of Congress to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States, except in the U.S. Capitol Building.
“Personal protection and being able to defend oneself against an assailant is part of the fabric of our Constitution, which is why I am an ardent believer in the Second Amendment,” Hice said in a press release. “While Members of Congress are all average Americans, it is clear that we also have a bull’s eye on our backs. In light of recent events, it’s incredibly important that Congressmen and women maintain the ability to provide for their own safety, regardless of the city or state.”
It was during a baseball team practice early on the morning of June 14, 2017 that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Congressional staffer Zack Bath, lobbyist and former congressional staffer Matt Mika and Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner were shot by James Hodgkinson, who had an anti-Republican hit list, according to officials. A second member of the Capitol Police, Special Agent David Bailey was also injured during the incident. Hodgkinson was shot and died as a result of his injuries. The Capitol Police, who were on hand because of Scalise’s leadership role in Congress, were credited with preventing a much greater tragedy.
“The Congressional Personal Safety Act will grant elected officials the authority to carry a firearm anywhere in America, except for the Capitol,” Hice said. “Simply put, the right to bear arms is a right to self-defense, and I’m proud to spearhead this measure.”