Following the attack by a lone gunman on a GOP Congressional baseball practice that left five people injured and the attacker dead, a number of lawmakers have voiced their desire to carry a firearm to defend themselves.
According to this story form washingtonexaminer.com, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia) has made a proposal that members of Congress who are allowed to conceal carry a firearm in their home state be allowed to do so in Washington D.C. The district does not recognize concealed carry licenses or permits from other states.
“There are several things to look at,” Loudermilk said in the story. “First of all, if this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far. I had a staff member who was in his car, maybe 20 yards behind the shooter… who back in Georgia carries a nine millimeter in his car. I carry a weapon. He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here… Most of us are here in D.C., so how are you supposed to have it here?”
“I think we need to look at some kind of reciprocity for members here,” Loudermilk said. “But also we need to look at security detail. If Scalise hadn’t been on our team, it would have been really bad.”