Rifle stolen from Republican lawmaker's unlocked garage

A rifle, gun case and a GPS unit were among the items swiped from Rep. Renee Ellmers’s (R-N.C.) home during a recent robbery, according to police in North Carolina.

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The AR-15 rifle and other items were sitting in an unlocked garage attached to the congresswoman’s home and were apparently taken Oct. 16.

The Associated Press reports that Ellmers’s husband told police he and his son had left the rifle in the garage following a target-shooting outing.

Ellmers’s spokesman, Thomas Doheny, confirmed the break-in to ITK and said the the Ellmers family is “shaken by these events” and “is working with law enforcement to make sure those responsible are found and brought to justice.”

He also confirmed the garage was unlocked but said he wanted to emphasize that the Ellmers family was victimized in a crime. 

"Someone broke into their house and stole their property," he said.

"As a wife and a mother, Congresswoman Ellmers is very upset and extremely concerned that the rifle was left unsecured," Ellmers continued. "She was in Washington at the time the crime was committed due to the government shutdown (which she was always against). Her family is very big on gun safety and she wants to get to the bottom of this herself."

— This story was updated at 10:02 a.m.