Another member of congress plans to carry a concealed handgun

This is my type of nurse.

In the wake of a mass shooting that critically injured one of her fellow lawmakers, Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers said Thursday that she plans to carry a gun when making public appearances.

"We have to protect ourselves. We know that. That is something we have always been cognizant of,” Ellmers said. "There have been times in the past I have carried my weapon, and I will probably continue to do so. Some days I might have it. Some days I might not."

The longtime nurse and Dunn resident obtained a concealed-carry permit in February after passing a state-certified firearms training course and a background check.

She said the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in which six people were killed and Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, steeled her resolve to be armed.

“I feel safe with it, and I think we should all be able to defend ourselves as we need to,” Ellmers said. . . .

Here is another article.

In the wake of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., two members of the N.C. congressional delegation plan to carry concealed weapons more often in their home districts, while a third is considering getting a permit to do so.
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, a Waynesville Democrat, told reporters right after the shooting that he would start carrying his weapon more often in the 11th District, which covers the far western mountain counties. He obtained his current permit in early 2009, according to Haywood County records.
Shuler was among a handful of House members who said publicly that they will be armed back home. But others will be, too.
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a freshman Republican from Dunn, has had a concealed carry permit since February 2010, according to Harnett County records.
"I have one. And I'll be carrying," she said recently when asked.
A Charlotte Observer review of N.C. county records for the entire delegation shows that Shuler and Ellmers are the only two members with permits. U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, doesn't have a permit now, but said she had been thinking even before the shooting in Tucson of obtaining one.
"I've been thinking of it for some time and haven't gotten around to it," Myrick said. She said she used to own a handgun but sold it, and didn't know when she might find the time to take a firearms course and get a concealed carry permit. . . .

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Rep. Renee Ellmers says she has a concealed carry permit and plans to carry a handgun at public events.
However, even in light of the shootings she said she will not support restrictions on certain ammunition.
"I think it was an isolated incident and has more to do with the individual who committed the crime than the actual ammo he was using," Ellmers said. . . .



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