WASHINGTON — Lawmakers will now be required to walk through metal detectors before entering the House of Representatives chamber in the wake of the Capitol riots.
The acting Sergeant At Arms announced on Tuesday afternoon that magnetometers had been placed at selected entrances to the chamber and reminded lawmakers that firearms were forbidden.
“Effective immediately, all persons, including Members, are required undergo security screening when entering the House Chamber,” the statement read.
“Failure to complete screening or the carrying of prohibited items could result in denial of access to the Chamber,” it went on.
The decision immediately confounded congress members, who pointed out that the danger last week came from outside Congress.
“This isn’t really helpful in terms of potential future rioters but it’s actually to help protect us from our own colleagues,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) tweeted with a face-palm emoji.
GOP Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois told Punchbowl News the decision was “political correctness run amok.”