Salon is reporting that the 8-year-old son of Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., can be seen singing, dancing, and playing with cigarette lighters in a video reviewed by Salon and apparently recorded on July 25 — while left alone in a room a few feet away from a high-capacity rifle.
This appears to be a violation of a new Colorado state law that requires gun owners to keep their deadly weapons in a gun safe with a trigger or cable lock whenever the owner is aware, or should reasonably be aware, that a “juvenile or a resident who is ineligible to possess a firearm can gain access to the firearm.”
Boebert, a newly elected member of Congress in February, was widely chastised after appearing via Zoom at a House Natural Resources Committee meeting in front of a backdrop of a bookshelf containing several high-capacity weapons.
Sure, buddy. pic.twitter.com/BE0OvMmKHl
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 18, 2021
In response to the outcry, the far-right legislator responded on Twitter by implying that the weapons were loaded, writing, “Who says this is storage? These are ready for use.” According to additional photos of the firearms in question, two of the rifles were loaded with 30-round magazines and the third with a larger magazine. Firearm magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition at once, such as the ones Boebert appears to have, have been prohibited in Colorado since 2013.
Republicans are trying to dismantle committee rules to prohibit firearms and dangerous weapons in the hearing room. The fact that we have a member of the committee fetishizing weapons with her zoom background makes a clear case for why these rules are necessary. @NRDems pic.twitter.com/cWn26AFpSo
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@RepHuffman) February 18, 2021
The bookshelf and chair seen in the February Zoom call are also visible in several videos featuring Boebert’s son, indicating that she was in her bedroom at her Silt, Colorado, home for the congressional meeting.
Boebert’s son is seen dancing alone in that same bedroom on July 25, close to a weapon that appears to be one of the same rifles seen loaded during the February Zoom call. In the July video, it’s in a different position, leaning casually against the headboard of a bed, near what appears to be a handgun lying on the floor.
That powerful rifle can still be seen in a video posted by Boebert’s son in late August, in which he flaunts his abdominal muscles. Several TikTok videos viewed by Salon show Boebert’s son playing in the bedroom, sometimes with two young friends, but without parental supervision.
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Boebert appears to have been at home over the weekend when her son posted the video of the rifle. She appeared with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, at the Mesa County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner on July 24. Boebert spoke at Faith Heights Church in Grand Junction, Colorado, about an hour away from her home in Silt, on Sunday, July 25.
Boebert’s son says in one video that Donald Trump “is the real president, not Joe Biden — Joe Biden sucks.” Then he says, “My mother’s name is Lauren Boebert,” before comparing a red cigarette lighter to Biden and a green lighter to Trump. In other videos, Boebert’s son lights and relights the lighters before tossing them on the floor behind him towards the rifle.
Boebert is well-known for requiring her employees at Shooters Grill, the restaurant she owns in Rifle, Colorado, to carry firearms and be knowledgeable about proper gun storage protocols. Legal Heat, a training company, has conducted numerous concealed-weapons training sessions at Boebert’s restaurant. A similar training session on safely and correctly storing firearms would be required for the lawmaker’s concealed carry permit, which he received earlier this year in Washington, D.C.
“Storing firearms securely is one of the simplest ways to prevent gun violence, especially when unintentional shootings are rising at an alarming pace,” Nick Suplina, managing director of law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety, told Salon. “Almost every day in the United States, a child gets their hands on a gun and unintentionally kills or injures someone. In fact, research from Everytown shows that there have been at least 259 unintentional shootings by children so far this year.”
In 2018, Boebert explained gun safety by saying, “Accidents happen by being careless or ignorant. Either people don’t know what they’re doing, or they think they know everything.”
In the past, she has disregarded child-protection measures. In 2011, Boebert pled guilty to failing to use child restraints while driving, and in 2017, he was charged with the same offense but pled guilty to a lesser charge. Boebert stated in May 2020 that she had not had health insurance for her four sons for the previous three years, saying, “We’re a family of six, and we haven’t had health insurance for, gosh, maybe three years, maybe more than that.”
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Violations of Colorado’s new gun safety law are classified as Class 2 misdemeanors, punishable by fines and, in rare cases, jail time. A spokesman for Boebert told the Wall Street Journal in April that the congresswoman is concerned about “the government deciding for citizens what would qualify as safe-storage standards.”
Lauren Boebert REQUIRES her employees to "carry hand guns while on duty" at Shooter Grille, that she owns in Rifle CO. But yet she has a problem with employers and governments requiring vaccinations to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/5WMnydKKHJ
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“Colorado is one of the many states that has taken action on this issue to save lives,” Suplina added. “Since July 2021, a person who does not ensure that their firearms are both stored securely and rendered inaccessible to a child or prohibited person can be charged with a crime.”