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January 05, 2021 | Press Releases

Steube Joins Colleagues in Standing Up for Second Amendment Rights on the Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) joined colleagues in sending a letter to House leadership condemning efforts by Democrats to eliminate Members’ right to carry firearms in the U.S. Capitol Complex.

“As Representatives, we were sent to Washington to stand up for our Constitutional rights and uphold every American’s individual freedoms,” Steube said. “If Democrats can violate one of our most foundational rights to bear arms here – even in the halls of Congress – they can violate your rights anywhere in the country.”

Members of Congress are allowed to carry firearms within the U.S. Capitol Complex due to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Board’s regulations and 40 U.S.C. § 5104. The current rules allowing Members of Congress to carry have helped protect these Members and their Second Amendment rights since 1967.

Even before the Congressional Baseball Shooting of 2017, there is a history of violent attacks on Members of Congress and Capitol Police. In 1954, members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party opened fire onto the House floor, injuring five Congressmen. Later in July of 1998, a gunman infiltrated the Capitol and murdered two Capitol Police Officers.

You can read the full text of the letter here.