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Freshman GOP Rep To Carry Concealed Firearm In Aftermath Of Arizona Shooting

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 01/20/11 10:07 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

At least one more member of Congress will now be taking security measures into their own hands after the shooting in Arizona, as freshman Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) says she'll be carrying a concealed weapon in her home district.

"I have one. And I'll be carrying," she told The Charlotte Observer.

The Observer reports that Ellmers has had a concealed-carry permit since February 2010.

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), a onetime hunter, is also considering returning to her gunslinging ways.

"I've been thinking of it for some time and haven't gotten around to it," Myrick said, according to The Observer. "I'm a pretty good shot. Most women are."

Rep. Heath Shuler, a North Carolina Democrat, as well as Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican from Utah, have already announced that they will be carrying their sidearms while touring their home districts.

In the aftermath of the shooting rampage, legislators have floated a variety of proposals to bolster their security. While some focus on removing guns from the immediate presence of lawmakers, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has proposed a bill that would allow members of Congress to carry their firearms around Washington, where they are currently banned outside of residences, and into the Capitol building.


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