Congressman backs Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks’ plan to arm lawmakers

Rep. Mo Brooks’ proposal to arm lawmakers is receiving support from a fellow Republican.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Georgia, who like Brooks was a member of the GOP baseball squad on the field last week when a gunman opened fire on their practice, said lawmakers and their staffs must have a way to protect themselves.

“If this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far,” Loudermilk said. “I had a staff member who was in his car maybe 20 yards behind the shooter, who was pinned in his car, who back in Georgia carries a 9-millimeter in his car. He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here.”

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