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Louie Gohmert's statement on gun proposal

"The intent of the legislation I'm working on is to allow a member of Congress to carry a concealed handgun within Washington, DC and Capitol grounds. Members of Congress don't need weapons on the floor since the U.S. Capitol itself is very well protected by some of the greatest men and women in law enforcement today. But there are times when members of Congress do not have the protection of Capitol Hill Police in one of the most dangerous cities in America. We don't need to spend millions on massive security details to escort everyone 24-7. We can just allow those who have been trusted by hundreds of thousands of people and sent to our crime capitol to protect themselves while in that federal enclave."

By Greg Sargent  | January 14, 2011; 4:37 PM ET
 
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