A Republican representative from New York is vowing to carry his gun with him at all times after his colleagues were targeted in the shooting on Wednesday that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
“You look at the vulnerability, I can assure you from this day forward, I have a carry permit, I will be carrying when I’m out and about,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said. “On a rare occasion I’d have my gun in the glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) was at the baseball field when the attack occurred. He believes that if more people were armed, the shooter would’ve been brought down much sooner:
“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 was pinned in his car, who back in Georgia carries a 9-millimeter in his car.”
According to NBC News, Loudermilk believes congressman and staff are stymied by Washington’s strict gun laws and that keeps them without protection even when they travel to Virgina, where gun laws are more reasonable. He wants “some kind of reciprocity” that would allow reps and staff to carry even if their licenses are from other states.