Last week, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted a picture of him and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) posing with Buck’s AR-15 on Capitol Hill. Even though Washington D.C. has stringent gun laws, the Capitol Police has said that Members of Congress may keep firearms in their offices and transport them securely wrapped, provided they are unloaded. According to Buck, his gun has a trigger lock and had the bolt carrier assembly removed before taking it to Washington.
There have been other tests of D.C.’s strict gun laws in the name of the Second Amendment. In 2012, NBC’s David Gregory held up a high-capacity magazine during an interview with the NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press”. Capitol Police warned that Gregory would be in violation of laws banning high-capacity ammunition, but ultimately he was not charged. In 2013 the libertarian activist Adam Kokesh videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Washington’s Freedom Plaza, and was later arrested in his home on drug and gun charges.
In March, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) introduced a bill targeting D.C.’s gun laws. In order to achieve the American Dream, people need to be able to live in safe communities and be able to protect themselves, their families and their properties from danger,” Rubio said. The Washington Post noted that if the legislation is approved, it could force a “second amendment showdown” between the Obama Administration and Republicans in Congress.