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Babin Introduces Bill to Enhance Safety and Protection of Members of Congress

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Washington, June 20, 2017 | comments

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) today filed legislation to grant properly trained and certified Members of Congress the ability to conceal carry a personal firearm wherever their duties take them. This would complement concealed carry reciprocity legislation that Rep. Babin has cosponsored to enable licensed concealed carry permit holders in one state to carry in another state, including the District of Columbia.

“The tragic events of last week make it clearer than ever that we need to take steps to enable Members of Congress to protect themselves,” said Rep. Babin. “We also know that an even greater tragedy was averted only because of the brave actions by two armed Capitol Police special agents who happened, mercifully, to be on site. My bill would ensure rank and file Members of Congress have the opportunity to defend themselves by providing them the ability to concealed carry in nearly every scenario with only a few restrictions. With the increase in security threats to Members of Congress and our staffs, this is an important and necessary step that we must take.”

This bill would:

  • Allow all Members of Congress to have the ability to attempt to qualify for a concealed carry permit – either through their home state or a training program created by the United States Capitol Police (USCP).
  • Give the USCP the discretion in determining the training, licensing and parameters of use
  • Direct the USCP to grant Members of Congress the ability to concealed carry in nearly every conceivable scenario – including federal parks and buildings, the national mall, to and from their offices, at schools and military bases - with only a few limited restrictions.  These would include National Special Security Events, other areas under the direct jurisdiction of the Secret Service and commercial airliners. 
  • Permit the training and certification to be paid for out of the Member’s Representational Allowance (MRA).
  • Supersede any other federal or state law regarding concealed carry.
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