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Metal detectors installed outside House floor as Democrats express safety concerns about their colleagues

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: The American flag flies at half-staff as inauguration construction continues on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed and desecrated the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

Members of Congress and staffers will have to walk through metal detectors in order to get onto the floor of the US House of Representatives, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Tuesday.

(CNN)Members of Congress and staffers will have to walk through metal detectors in order to get onto the floor of the US House of Representatives, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Tuesday.

The development comes after multiple House Democrats 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.

Capitol Police had set up metal detectors outside of the House floor as of Tuesday afternoon and all House members, staffers and aides will have to go through them, the aide said.

Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett said in a memo to all members of Congress and their staffs that the metal detectors were being installed to ensure compliance with police regulations banning guns and incendiary devices from the chamber.

The House Democrats told CNN that they are worried some lawmakers are ignoring House rules regarding firearms.

"There have been increasing tensions with certain incoming freshmen for months, who have been insistent on bringing firearms in violation of law and guidelines," one House Democrat said, in a reference to Republican Reps.

According to the US Capitol Police's website, firearms are prohibited on the Capitol grounds even if someone has a carry permit from Washington, DC or another state.

A second Democratic member of Congress told CNN that the concern extends to the people those members of Congress may invite to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

"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," the second House Democrat said.

The second Democrat noted that some of the House Republicans went onto the chamber's floor after the attack and continued to share election lies.

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