Hartford, CT – An anti-gun activist was removed from the annual Judiciary Committee hearing on guns after someone saw her texting threats to shoot a lawmaker and National Rifle Association (NRA) members from inside the Capitol building.
“If I had a gun, I’d blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA…” read the in-progress message on the woman’s cell phone when another alert observer in the gallery saw it and captured a picture.
Republican State Senator Rob Sampson is a staunch Second Amendment supporter, Newsweek reported.
Sampson received the 2014 Defender of Freedom Award from the NRA for his battle against Connecticut State Senate Bill 1160, legislation which would have made it illegal for anyone under 18 to purchase a long gun.
The NRA labeled SB 1160 “one of the most egregious anti-gun bills in U.S. history” and gave Sampson an “A+” rating for his support of gun rights, according to Newsweek.
Capitol Police were alerted to the woman’s text messages by Second Amendment supporters, and officers removed her from the hearing, the Connecticut Post reported.
Capitol Police Sergeant Jeffrey Barter said police determined there was no threat, and did not arrest the woman.
It was not known if she was a member of any of the anti-gun groups who were there to support gun control legislation, the Connecticut Post reported.
Monday’s hearing focused on discussion of several proposed gun control measures that included an update to safe storage laws and a bill prohibiting cities and towns from enacting their own gun laws, according to The Epoch Times.
Discussions also included a measure that would require anyone open-carrying a firearm to produce a permit if asked by police and a move to regulate 3-D printed firearms and components.