Gun haters got all atwitter when they saw a tweet with two Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C. holding an AR-15 decorated with an American flag pattern.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted a picture of himself and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in his House office. Buck wrote on Twitter, “My friend Trey Gowdy stopped by the office—had to show him my AR-15” and attached the accompanying photo to the tweet.
ColoradoPols.com, a liberal blog in the state, thought they had found dirt to dish on a political opponent: “Short of a really good explanation we can’t think of right now—or, we suppose, the possibility this photo was taken across the Potomac in Virginia—we assume the D.C. Metropolitan Police will want to have a little chat with Rep. Buck about this.” Actually, no. Congress is exempt from the District’s firearms laws. That’s the “really good explanation we can’t think of right now.” Capitol Police Bureau regulations “specifically provide that Members of Congress may maintain firearms within the confines of their office and they and any employee or agent of any Member of Congress may transport within the Capitol Grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.” Also, as a safety note, “While safety protocols call for all guns to be treated as if they are loaded, this one isn’t,” Buck said. “A close inspection of the only public photo of the rifle will show that the bolt carrier assembly is not in the rifle; it is in fact in Colorado.”
What do you think of Rep. Buck’s AR? Too gaudy? Or just right as an ornament for his office? Let us hear your opinions below.