Republican lawmaker Andrew Clyde (R-GA) was recently slapped with a staggering $15,000 fine — thanks to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her new rules — for bypassing the newly-installed magnetometers at the entrance to the U.S. Capitol.
According to Fox News, the Georgia congressman was more than happy to accept the outrageous fine. During an interview with the outlet, Clyde admitted that he purposely bypassed the metal detectors — twice — in order to receive the fine, which would provide him legal standing to file a lawsuit against Pelosi, Capitol Police, and the House Sergeant at Arms.
“People have to stand for the Constitution. And if I have to get fined in order to give me a legal standing to do that then I’ll be fined,” Clyde said, indicating that he was already “teed up” to take the aforementioned people and entities to federal court.
At issue is House Resolution 73, which was passed shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. The resolution fines members of Congress for not passing through the metal detectors at a rate of $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for each additional offense.
“This resolution authorizes the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives to impose a fine ($5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for any subsequent offense) against a Member, Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner for failure to complete security screening for entrance to the House chamber,” the language of the resolution reads.
Clyde, and some of his Republican colleagues, believe that HR 73 is a clear violation of the Constitution and, specifically, the Second Amendment.
“I’m good with the taking a hit for the team. But we’re going to win on this and we’re going to have House Resolution 73 declared unconstitutional because it is unconstitutional,” Clyde said as he reacted to the amount of the fine.
At this point in time, members of Congress are allowed to carry firearms, assuming they have a city-issued permit — in only certain parts of the Capitol. Some pro-gun lawmakers have argued that the Capitol riots were a clear example of why members of both chambers should be able to carry anywhere they want.
Only time will tell if Clyde is successful in his litigation to roll back the controversial resolution, but even if he’s not, Republicans have a chance at scrapping it next year if they manage to regain majority control after the 2022 midterm elections.