After a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice last week, a Republican congressman is calling for legislation to allow members of Congress to carry firearms to defend themselves.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who was on the practice field last Wednesday when the shooter started starting spraying dozens of bullets, says that the strict gun laws on Capitol grounds and in the rest of the District of Columbia put members of Congress at risk.
His solution is for our nation's capital to recognize concealed carry licenses from other states.
I never want to be in a gun fight again, but definitely not without a gun. That’s why I support firearms license reciprocity for ALL. #HR38
— Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) June 16, 2017
On "America's Newsroom" today, Katie Pavlich said it's a "no-brainer" that congressmen and women should be allowed to carry a firearm in D.C. if they have the proper permit.
She pointed to Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) comments that if armed Capitol Hill police had not been present at the baseball field last week, "it would have been a massacre."
"The only reason why that shooting stopped is because two people with firearms were able to take out the assailant," Pavlich said.
She said that everybody, members of Congress included, should be able to carry a concealed weapon in these currently restricted areas.
Mary Anne Marsh said she's not in favor of this change, but she said if it does happen, then there should be one uniform standard for concealed carry across the nation.
"If you want to do this, then let's have one uniform national standard, because people come from every state, every city and town, capital," March said. "Let's have everyone have one standard."
Pavlich agreed that there should be a national standard. She argued that should include D.C., so that members of Congress and regular citizens can take responsibility for their own safety.
Watch more above.