Rep. Chris Collins: 'I Will Be Carrying' Handgun at Future Public Events

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June 14, 2017

Rep. Chris Collins (R., N.Y.) told WKBW-TV on Wednesday that he will carry his 9-millimeter handgun at future public events.

Hours before the interview, a gunman who police identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the bipartisan congressional charity baseball game, wounding several people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.).

"You look at the vulnerability. I can assure you from this day forward, I have a carry permit," Collins said. "I will be carrying when I'm out and about, which I have to tell you, I have not been even though I have a carry permit at home."

"You wouldn't carry prior to this event. Is that what you're saying?" WKBW reporter Ali Touhey asked him.

Collins said that he would carry his gun on "rare occasion" in his glove box, but said that he would be carrying it in his pocket in the future.