Meet the Alabama Members of Congress who pack heat

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Alabama’s own Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05) and Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06) practice what they preach when it comes to the Second Amendment: Not only do they support it with their votes in Congress, but they also pack heat.

According to the Daily Caller, Brooks and Palmer are among 17 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives‘ House Freedom Caucus who say they currently carry, or did as of 2013.

“I do have a concealed carry permit, as does my wife,” Brooks told The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

“There’s terrorism and there’s crime,” Brooks said. “You never know when either one is going to happen. You can rely on terrorists and criminals not to hurt you, or you can prepare yourself so they don’t hurt you. I trust myself more than the terrorist.”

When TheDCNF asked Palmer if he owns a gun, he told them asking if he owns a gun is the wrong question.

“The question should be, how many?” Palmer said.

The members of the House Freedom Caucus — arguably the most pro-Second Amendment caucus in Congress — could soon be gearing up for an epic battle over the Second Amendment as President Barack Obama Tuesday announced “a series of common-sense executive actions” to reduce gun violence, which Palmer says are “beyond the scope of his Constitutional powers.”

Here are the members of the House Freedom Caucus who say they currently carry, or did as of 2013 (all are Republicans):

  • Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer
  • Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks
  • Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar
  • Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon
  • Arizona Rep. David Schweikert
  • Arizona Rep. Trent Franks
  • Colorado Rep. Ken Buck
  • Florida Rep. Ted Yoho
  • Florida Rep. Bill Posey
  • Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman
  • Louisiana Rep. John Fleming
  • Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan
  • South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan
  • South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney
  • Tennessee Rep. Scott Desjarlais
  • Texas Rep. Randy Weber
  • Virginia Rep. Dave Brat

According to a 2013 USA Today survey of gun-owners in Congress, Alabama Reps. Martha Roby (AL-03) and Mike Rogers (AL-03) also own guns, but are not members of the House Freedom Caucus.

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