Republican Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase (Chesterfield) has infuriated Democrats by carrying her gun on her person even in the state capital.
Senator Chase said she used to carry her gun concealed, but with passions being what they are these days, she is now ready to carry openly.
“I’ve had people get in my face,” Chase said according to the Washington Post. “I’ve had people come up and try to touch me inappropriately. And [the gun] is a deterrent.”
“I am going to continue to represent the issues that are important to my constituents, and I’m not going to be intimidated by people who would try to physically harm me,” Chase added.
Chase is far from the only member of the Virginia legislature who carries a firearm at all times. Five other GOP Senators carry on the Senate floor, as well.
In fact, visitors to the capital can also carry if they have a concealed carry license.
There have also been a few mishaps.
In 2017, one state senator left his loaded gun sitting in a committee room, and in 2006, a delegate accidentally fired his gun in his office.
Some have criticized Chase for openly carrying her firearm in the capital.
Senate Democrat Minority Leader Richard Saslaw (Fairfax), slammed the gun-toting Republican.
“If she gets in an argument, what’s she gonna do, pull out a gun and shoot them? I just think it’s absurd,” Saslaw scoffed.
But Chase says she has gotten plenty of support.
“I’ve had a very positive reception,” Chase insisted. “I’ve been called a ‘badass.'”
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