Fox News Insider reported that two federal lawmakers were under the microscope of D.C. attorney general Karl A. Racine after posing in a Twitter photo with an AR-15.
The photo of Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) caught the eye of the attorney general’s office because of the District’s draconian gun laws, which include a ban on AR-15s and other commonly owned and widely popular semiautomatic rifles.
“The matter has been referred to the Metropolitan Police Department for further investigation,” a spokesman for the attorney general told The Hill.
“It is illegal to possess an AR-15 in the District,” the spokesman added.
Rep. Buck said he is not breaking the law because the firearm is “inoperable” and he had approval from U.S. Capitol Police to display the rifle in a locked case.
“I have a very patriotic AR-15 hanging in my office. It hangs directly above my Second Amendment flag,” Buck told The Hill.
“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,” he continued. “It is a beautiful, patriotic paper weight.”
Gowdy addressed the matter on “Fox and Friends” recently, also echoing the comments that the Republican lawmakers did not run afoul of the law.
“As I look at that photo, the real crime is the suit that I have on more so than the holding of an inoperable gun after you receive permission from law enforcement,” Gowdy said.
“I can’t dictate what’s gonna become news and what’s not,” he added.
What the heck is wrong with this country that two citizens are now being investigated for holding America’s best selling rifle in our nation’s capital?
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 16, 2015