Ocasio-Cortez‘s Stunning Ignorance of Federal Gun Laws on Display

By Larry Keane

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Alexandrio Ocasio-Cortez mistakenly declares guns aren’t allowed in DC. IMG Ocasio-Cortez.House.Gov

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance is showing again. Her latest gaffe is proclaiming “guns are not allowed in the District of Columbia…” in a CNN interview with Chris Cuomo, brother, of course, to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also no stranger to gun control causes.

That might come as a shock to those gun owners living in the District of Columbia. It might also come as a shock to the only federal firearms licensee – DC Security Associates. For that matter, someone might want to explain that to the police department itself, which became the sole licensee for a brief period of time.

Lawmaker, Know the Laws

Still, that confusion doesn’t make Rep. Ocasio-Cortez correct, not by a long shot. The District of Columbia’s attempt to deny guns inside the District failed miserably. That resulted in the landmark Heller decision, which affirmed the Second Amendment is an individual right and local authorities cannot ban entire classes of commonly-owned firearms. Before the case, Washington, D.C. had banned the possession of handguns. In subsequent litigation, the federal courts have ordered that the District must issue licenses to carry firearms to qualified, law-abiding citizens.

That put an end to DC’s ban on handguns. In fact, more than 4,000 people have obtained concealed carry permits from the D.C. police department, which requires hours of classroom instruction and range certification. Over half of those in the last fiscal year were for residents who live outside the District, according to a Washington Post report.

That might end the discussion on whether it’s lawful to exercise fundamental rights in the federal enclave where the nation’s elected representatives meet. It didn’t put an end to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance of the law, however.

Clutching Pearls

The congresswoman was making her wildly incorrect remark when she was explaining why she didn’t attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration. She said she didn’t feel safe since fellow members of Congress were asserting their right to keep and bear arms. This is where she might have been confused.

Firearm possession within the Capitol Hill complex is forbidden for everyone except members of Congress and law enforcement. While Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is throwing up metal detectors and having U.S. Representatives get wanded down every time they go into the chamber to cast their votes, this notion that Members of Congress can’t have guns is bunk.

The last time this came up was in 2015 when Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) took all appropriate steps to hang an American-flag themed Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) in his Capitol Hill office. It was unloaded, the bolt removed, and disabled with a trigger lock. Gun control politicians clutched their pearls and shrieked that such an abomination couldn’t be tolerated. Except that it can.

“Members of Congress may maintain firearms within the confines of their office,” explained Kimberly Schneider, a spokesperson for Capitol Hill police, “and they and any employee or agent of any member of Congress may transport within the Capitol Grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.”

The same rule also explains that no one “shall carry any firearm inside the chamber or on the floor of either House, in any lobby or cloakroom adjacent thereto, in the galleries of either House or in the Marble Room of the Senate or Rayburn Room of the House unless assigned or approved by the two Sergeants of Arms for maintenance of adequate security.”

Just so we’re keeping it easy to understand… guns are legal in Washington, D.C., and Members of Congress can have guns in their office. Rules adopted by the House of Representatives forbids them on the floor of the House chamber, in the respective lobbies and cloakroom or designated rooms.

Blinded by Bias

This isn’t the first-time Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance of federal firearm laws has been on full display. She infamously accused fellow Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) of wanting to lend firearms to “people unsupervised who can’t pass a background check.” In the same tweet, she accused any friends of Rep. Crenshaw to “have likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record, & you may not know it.”

If Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez took time to understand the Constitution she’s sworn to defend, or the laws she purports to understand and advance, she would know that it’s a felony to knowingly transfer a firearm to a prohibited individual. This includes domestic abusers.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments in which she bungled gun laws and Constitutional rights started with her saying that she didn’t feel safe and claimed many other Members of Congress agreed with her. She didn’t offer any other names or even attempt at putting a number on it. She did willingly ignore that a concern for safety is exactly why more than 8.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time last year, among the 21 million background checks for a gun sale.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has sponsored 29 bills and amendments. None of her bills passed the House of Representatives controlled by her fellow Democrats. Only two of her amendments passed, one by voice vote and one by recorded vote. A courtesy she might want to consider on behalf of the People she’s elected to represent would be to understand the laws before she attempts to destroy them.

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The “bimbo” congresswomen clearly is a “tool”, “useful” because she has below average self-respect, intelligence and education. Another “useful tool”, Shelia Jackson introduced HR 127 to this current 117th Congress: requires a psychological evaluation. … Let’s begin with a periodic “psychological evaluation” of all members of Congress, and all federal agencies (whether political appointee or career bureaucrat). And, let’s include regular, random, drug testing of all such characters to see if their “to be required” disclosure of all prescription and OTC drug consumption is consistent with their “test results”. Perhaps we could require all members of Congress and all federal… Read more »


P.S. That picture is of a “boxer” who is not afraid to lead with their nose.


Hell if you did that and said that anyone caught with illegal drugs in their system has to go to rehab, you would loose more than half of them the first day of testing,.


You’d lose half (the Leftist half) of the general population, if you applied the test across the board.


I like it. Once enacted, the swamp would drain quickly. There would be nothing left of the dimm party.

uncle dudley

If she is worried about guns and her safety in congress she can always resign.


Or, better yet, she can move to Iran with TAlib and Omar and then they can find out what it is like to be really respected in their favorite country..

Iran would be the only loosers.


I wonder how many GUN CARRIERS worked at the same bar that she was employed at!


The scariest thing about AOC it’s not how stupid she is, the scariest thing is the people that elected her to office!

The other Jim

Yes, and when they found out how stupid, lazy, filled with hate, and a lying rabble-rouser she was, they elected her again.


Perhaps her constituency should secede from the Union!


Welcome to the Big Apple where stupid reigns.


AOC is putting an end to dumb blond jokes.


She can’t understand them!


AOC has proven herself to be a complete idiot on many things including the constitution. She needs to educate herself before she opens her mouth . I just love these expert lawmakers that know absolutely nothing about guns laws but want to restrict the gun rights of others . These people need to honor their oath or be removed from office . Guns do not need to be removed from law abiding citizens, politicians need to be removed from office for not honoring their oath .


Amen and it is time that there is a change and it becomes an action, not just words. I am sick of the hypocrisy.


Big Sky guy, NO, she doesn’t NEED to be educated but she SHOULD be educated. She is doing exactly what she NEEDS to do to get the attention of her followers and rile up the rest of us, who ARE educated. She is playing to the ignorant- to her base. She’s spot on for her intents. We often use the word NEED for people do do things we agree with- that ain’t ever gonna happen with ignorant people like her. She’s in the intellectual gutter- and ain’t coming out.


She just needs to go back to the S-hole bar where she supposedly worked prior to her rise of mediocrity or Venezuela and become the next Evita Perrone after her time as maduro’s concubina.


We need the stupid tramp to go back to bartending and leave lawmaking to people who can comprehend the constitution and honor thier oath . There I fixed it , is that better ? LOL


If stupid was money, that wench would be a trillionaire.


She has a business degree from Boston college. She can’t spell trillionaire or the constitution let alone their meanings. She is all knowing, just ask her. Bet she follows the kammeltoes plan and pathway on how to succeed.


I find this dumb little actress skank extremely entertaining. Right when you think an elected official couldn’t get any dumber, she will open her big snaggle-toothed grill and totally redeem herself. Pure gold. Tells you a lot about the sad state of affairs in The Bronx these days.


Larry, she is above needing to know the law.
If it does not suit her mental capacity, she will simply work to change it.
And the media will lap it up as it feeds their audience and helps them form opinions (vs reporting the news).
They don’t follow the law, they twist it.
Standby for restrictions on semi-auto firearms.


WHAT “mental capacity”? I think you mean her lack of it!


Her ignorance is a result of being a piece of shit.


You are being too kind… sh!t can actually serve a useful purpose, as fertilizer. That waste-of-skin sub-human witch [or, one of those “…itch” words, anyway] has no – zero – useful skills. Her highest point in life was as an absolutely incompetent bartender, and her friends said she was even a failure at fellatio.


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Green Mtn. Boy

“Ocasio-Cortez‘s Stunning Ignorance of Federal Gun Laws on Display”

You expect something different of the Marxist twatwaffle.

The other Jim

Not only is she lazy and dumb, but the things she sas doesn’t say much for the staff she picked. Like her boyfriend and thief Saikat Chakrabarti…too busy doing evil things instead of genuine research/preparation to make a statement on how to help the people. She doesn’t even seem to care that she looks dumb and lazy, as long as she is being a rabble-rouser.

John Dow

If you gave a test on very fundamental aspects of gun law to every member of Congress, I expect 85% or more to abjectly fail, 14% in the D range, and 1% actually have an idea about what is already law.


To heck with gun law, how about a test on the basics of gun handling and usage? I think I would pay good money to see them attempt to fire 100 rounds downrange from a rifle and then 100 from a pistol. And I am talking about bringing them to a table with a rifle and pistol with the magazines laying on the table and the ammo still in the boxes it came in from the factory. That would be some interesting entertainment. How many times would they do something stupid or unsafe? Yes sir, good money.

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Good point , but I would do one better. How about putting several different rifles, shotguns, rifles and pistols, along with different calibers of ammunition. As long as they are “Experts” in firearms, there should be no problem.


You wanting to kick it up a notch. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.


The ANTI-American / Anti-gunner ‘b.feinstein’ would pass. she owns/owned a gun.


Dumbest woman ever.


Facts do not matter. Ideas don’t matter. The only thing that matters to the Progressive New Left is ideology. Strict compliance to ideology is the path to success to any numbskull who wants to climb the ladder of power in the Progressive New Left power structure. Look at Nancy Pelosi as your example. Dead between the ears. Parrot party line. Rise like the composting effluent to the top of the pond scum. Strict conformity to ideology equals buoyancy. That is all it takes to rise to the top of a mindless utopian political class.

Gern Rockler


Did you mean mindless utopian oligarchy?


I’ve seen better looking teeth on a JACK-ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I thought the mascot for a demoncrat was a jackass? Humm, it should be like her looking in the mirror at a jackass when she smiles.
I can’t believe that the people were dumb enough to elect her back in after screwing them out of jobs. But it’s demonrat haven new dork, new dork..




“you can put lipstick on a pig”


At least not the front end of the pig.


You are looking at a jack ass.

WI Patriot

Her ignorance is no longer “stunning”, it’s an everyday occurrence…
What would be “stunning” if she were actually be able to speak on a topic, ANY topic with the minimal amount of intelligence…


Her lack of knowledge of issues and current laws is appalling and scary. As a lawmaker she should know a tiny amount of these, or at least be smart enough to consult with experts before spouting off.


She has no interest in hearing anything about existing laws. She believes she already knows everything of any use, and is the wisest and most important person in the world.
Why should she care about existing law when (in her head) it is all bad, and none of it works.


Did someone say, Existing Laws? Maybe people should look in to if, why, and how, Title 18_Section 930_Subsection D_Paragraph 3, fits in to the declaration that: 
“Firearm possession within the Capitol Hill complex is forbidden”

Gern Rockler

Just like a teenager.


hey that makes her the perfect choice to become the next “wise cantina judge” to pal about with the “wise latina judge” now inflicting her perverted logic/values upon the nation.


Operative word here is “at least be.


If “STUPID” could Fly, AOC would be a “JET”.


AKA Acrazio B C


NAAAW! Sandy would be a ROCKET PROPELLED GRANADE!!! All HOT AIR!! Where it hits is anybody’s guess being a DUD!!!


Stunning stupidity.
She doesn’t even know what she doesn’t know.
Watch the utube video “Mister Regan”, AOC and you’ll find out who she is and how she got into Congress.

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I usually resort to a higher level of rhetoric, but in the case of Ocasio-Cortez (she doesn’t deserve, in my view, the appellation of initials, like JFK, FDR,TR or RFK, for example), what comes out of her mouth is not that different in value compared to what comes out the other end.


Brain dead beer wench nothing less nothing more.


It’s so comforting to know that this Representative and many other House Members and Senators have no clue about our Constitution and Bill of Rights. How did we get here?!


Misssed Sandy comes from a background of serving BOOZE at a bar. She is adapt at spewing “ear tingling words”. However, Sandy does NOT KNOW Our American Constitution or the Laws of the Land which come from OUR AMERICAN CONSTITUTION!! Thus, One can say Misssed Sandy IS IGNORANT of the FACTS!!!!!!! She does what other DemoKKKrat National Kommunist party members do; Do what I FEEL is right — NOT AS I DO!!!!!!! Look at Mrsss. Feinstein. She owns a gun — BUT DOES NOT WANT LEGAL LAW ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS TO OWN A GUN!!!!