The Washington, D.C., attorney general is "looking into" whether Reps. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) and Ken Buck (R., Colo.) violated the District’s strict gun laws after Buck posted a photo on Twitter of the two lawmakers holding an inoperable AR-15 rifle in the Cannon House Office Building, the Hill reports:
Having the AR-15 in the Cannon House Office Building could be a violation of the District’s strict gun laws, and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General’s Office is "looking into the matter," a spokesman told The Hill.
Buck told The Hill the rifle is "inoperable" and that he received approval from U.S. Capitol Police to bring it to his office, where it is on display in a locked case.
"I have a very patriotic AR-15 hanging in my office. It hangs directly above my Second Amendment flag," Buck said.
"While safety protocols call for all guns to be treated as if they are loaded, this one isn't. Further, a close inspection of the only public photo of the rifle will show that the bolt carrier assembly is not in the rifle; it is in fact in Colorado."
"It is a beautiful, patriotic paper weight," he added.