Saying that congressional representatives "have a bull's eye on our backs," a North Georgia congressman introduces a bill that would allow members of Congress to carry a firearm anywhere in the country - with one exception.
Republican 10th District Congressman Jody Hice, who lives in Bethlehem, introduced the Congressional Personal Safety Act (H.R. 2945) on Wednesday. Hice's bill would allow members of Congress to be armed anywhere except the U.S. Capitol building.
“Personal protection and being able to defend oneself against an assailant is part of the fabric of our Constitution, which is why I am an ardent believer in the Second Amendment,” said Hice in a press release.
Hice alluded to a recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA as part of the reason behind the bill.
“While Members of Congress are all average Americans, it is clear that we also have a bull's eye on our backs. In light of recent events, it’s incredibly important that Congressmen and women maintain the ability to provide for their own safety, regardless of the city or state," Hice said.
“The Congressional Personal Safety Act will grant elected officials the authority to carry a firearm anywhere in America, except for the Capitol,” Hice wrote. “Simply put, the right to bear arms is a right to self-defense, and I’m proud to spearhead this measure.”