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Metal detectors infuriate lawmakers as some Republicans erupt over new measures

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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U.S. Capitol Police survey the corridor around the House of Representatives chamber after enhanced security protocols were enacted, including metal detectors for lawmakers, after a mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The decision to require members of Congress to walk through metal detectors in the wake of last week's deadly siege has further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill, at times prompting shouting matches between Republicans and Capitol Police.

(CNN)The decision to require members of Congress to walk through metal detectors in the wake of last week's deadly siege has further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill, at times prompting shouting matches between Republicans and Capitol Police.

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, a newly sworn-in Republican who ran in large part on a message emphasizing her commitment to Second Amendment rights and has bragged about her desire to carry a weapon on Capitol Hill, got into an altercation with police officers and initially refused to show police what was in her bag Tuesday night.

You can put that down," said Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, who called the metal detectors the "stupidest thing" as he walked through them.

Steve Womack of Arkansas and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, both Republicans, erupted at Capitol Police.

Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, also a Republican, told Mullin not to shout at Capitol Police.

But Davis, a top Republican on the House administration committee, told CNN he's "pissed" that the magnetometers have gone up without any consultation.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told CNN the situation is "untenable" because it "impedes the ability of members to come and vote.

House Democrats, however, have told CNN they are worried about some of their Republican colleagues and that there have been multiple conversations about the need for every member of Congress and their guests to start going through metal detectors.

Referring to Boebert, freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and others, one House Democrat described to CNN "increasing tensions with certain incoming freshmen for months, who have been insistent on bringing firearms in violation of law and guidelines. "

"There are concerns about the gun-toting members, but also we don't know who they're going to bring to the inauguration who can bypass the metal detectors," another House Democrat said.

That Democrat noted that some of the House Republicans went onto the chamber's floor after last week's attack and continued to share debunked conspiracies about the 2020 election.

"I'm more likely to die of Covid because I got it from a colleague than I am to die because a colleague shoots me," Texas Rep. Filemon Vela, a Democrat, told CNN.

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