Ocasio-Cortez says lawmakers fear colleagues sneaking firearms on House floor

Ocasio-Cortez says lawmakers fear colleagues sneaking firearms on House floor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 'Lucky': Inside Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Sanders Biden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge MORE (D-N.Y.) told CNN’s Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Chris Cuomo criticized for hypocrisy after he says he won't cover brother's controversy The Memo: Cuomo's fall raises questions for media MORE that she and other colleagues “still don’t feel safe” after Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisLawmakers clash over gun prohibition in Natural Resources Committee room Boebert responds to criticism of her gun storage in Zoom background Marjorie Taylor Green, guns and domestic terrorism MORE (R-Md.) was found with a handgun at the metal detectors just outside the House floor. 

“We still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “One just tried to bring a gun on the floor of the House today.” 

The concealed weapon was found in Harris’s suit coat at the metal detectors as Harris was trying to walk onto the House floor to vote. He reportedly asked Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoBiden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge Lawmakers line up behind potential cyber breach notification legislation Lawmakers blame SolarWinds hack on 'collective failure' to prioritize cybersecurity MORE (R-N.Y.) to hold the gun so he could vote, but Katko declined because he didn’t have a license.


Ocasio-Cortez said any “responsible gun owner” would know that you shouldn’t hand a gun to another person “without clearing it.”

“Because his and his family's lives have been threatened by someone who has been released awaiting trial, for security reasons, the Congressman never confirms whether he nor anyone else he's with are carrying a firearm for self-defense.” Harris’s office said.

“The congressman always complies with the House metal detectors and wanding. The Congressman has never carried a firearm on the House floor,” the office stated in a statement.

House rules prohibit any sort of firearm from being on the floor of the House. Ocasio-Cortez believes Harris was trying to “sneak” the gun on the floor.

Cuomo asked Ocasio-Cortez if she believes that the congressman was trying to bring a gun on the floor for the protection of everyone after the Capitol riot or if she felt she was in danger. 

“I don’t really care what they say their intentions are. I care what the impact of their actions are and the impact is to put 435 members of Congress in danger,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The moment you bring a gun onto the House floor in violation of rules you put everyone around you in danger. It is irresponsible. It is reckless, but beyond that, it is in violation of rules.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) has also talked about carrying a gun around Washington, D.C., and in Congress as a form of protection, saying it is her right to have her gun with her.