A gun control activist was reportedly kicked out of a hearing in Hartford, Connecticut today after threatening to shoot a number of people, including a lawmaker.
“If I had a gun, I’d blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA,” said the text that led to to the woman’s removal from the hearing.
Woman expelled from gun hearing after being seen sending this text about a state lawmaker. pic.twitter.com/ySVc9Zm9x5
— Mark Davis (@markdavisWTNH) March 11, 2019
Several new gun control measures were being covered during Monday’s public hearing at the State Capitol building. The Judiciary Committee was presented topics ranging from new safe storage laws to producing carry permits to law enforcement.
The woman reportedly was texting on her device within clear view of onlookers. The threatening message could easily be seen and was caught on camera.
The push for more regulations surrounding gun safety brought both activists and protesters to the public event. The family of Ethan Song spoke in support of the safe storage law, alleging that their teenage son would most likely still be alive today had the measure been previously instated.
The Connecticut teen who fatally shot himself while playing with a gun at a friend's house would likely still be alive if the state had a law requiring the safe storage of firearms, his parents told lawmakers today. https://t.co/asfl2Ei3mB
— The News-Times (@NewsTimes) March 11, 2019
Republican State Representative Rob Sampson was the focus of the alleged threat. He stoutly backs the Second Amendment and recently was the recipient of the NRA’s “Defender of Freedom” award.
This is not the first time we have seen liberal activists threaten violence against others. In the last few years, conservatives have been attacked, threatened, publicly harassed for wearing a red hat, and even shot.
Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence was also reportedly expelled from the hearing for possessing an 80% lower receiver from an AR-15. While it was not against the law for Stein to bring the lower into the building, it did violate the committee’s rules. To skirt the issue of bringing the gun part past Capitol security, Stein had help from a prominent liberal Police Chief of Bridgeport Connecticut.
In this exclusive video, Stein can be seen being confronted by State Capitol authorities.
When questioned about the lower, Stein claimed that he had received ‘verbal’ permission from the State Capitol Police to bring it in, though he could not confirm when or with whom he received permission from.
A link from the entire hearing can be viewed here.
Law Enforcement Today reached out to the State Capitol Police Department and is waiting on a formal statement.
More updates will follow as information becomes available.