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Boebert responds to criticism of her gun storage in Zoom background

Freshman Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertJuan Williams: The GOP is now the party of grifters and kooks The Memo: Boehner's blasts don't move today's GOP Overnight Energy: Progressives fear infrastructure's climate plans won't survive Senate | EPA to propose vehicle emissions standards by July's end | Poll shows growing partisan divide on climate change MORE (R-Colo.) responded to criticism of her gun storage in her Zoom background during a House Natural Resources Committee meeting. 

During the committee's organizing meeting held over Zoom, the Republican appeared to have several guns including rifles and a handgun propped up behind her on a bookshelf.

Her background was immediately spotted with journalists, lawmakers and Twitter users pointing it out on the platform. 

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“I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background...#SafeStorage,” Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) said in response to Boebert’s background. 

 

Who says this is storage? These are ready for use,” Boebert later posted on Twitter on Thursday in response to the reaction. 

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Boebert has faced backlash in the past regarding her stance on firearms after she released an ad last month stating “I will carry my firearm in D.C. and in Congress.” 

Boebert has recently been approved for a concealed carry permit in Washington, D.C., and is not the only Republican representative who is carrying in the House. 

Guns have become a controversial topic in the House following the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Last month, GOP Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisEthics panel upholds metal detector fines totaling K against Rep. Clyde Ethics upholds Gohmert's ,000 metal detector fine 14 Republicans vote against resolution condemning Myanmar military coup MORE (Md.) set off the metal detectors in Congress with a concealed gun, and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) admitted to being armed during the Capitol riot. However, it is unclear if he carried a gun onto the House floor. 

After Harris set off the metal detector, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records Ocasio-Cortez says she disagrees with holding up infrastructure over SALT Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) objected to House members carrying firearms in Congress, claiming Harris attempted to sneak the gun onto the floor. She later expressed that she and other colleagues don’t “feel safe around other members of Congress.”