Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase is using her Second Amendment rights to protect herself from potentially dangerous situations.
“I’ve had people get in my face. I’ve had people come up and try to touch me inappropriately,” Chase told reporters. “I’ve had threats. I’ve had stalkers since I’ve been in the General Assembly.”
Chase has held a concealed carry permit for a while but is now open carrying as a “deterrent” against those that might not mean well.
Sen. Amanda Chase @a_chase11 #VASD11 packing heat in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee presenting her bill allowing firefighters and EMTs who are former law enforcement officers or vets to carry concealed weapons without a permit https://t.co/8pfXLE3MbH pic.twitter.com/mWnHowvIuq
— Michael Pope (@MichaelLeePope) January 16, 2019
After another Republican lawmaker was mobbed by immigration activists, Chase decided that she would not take the same chances.
“I am going to continue to represent the issues that are important to my constituents, and I’m not going to be intimidated by people who would try to physically harm me,” said Chase to the Washington Post.
This photo says SO much about Virginia – Sen. Amanda Chase (R) open carrying in the General Assembly, with VA Tech mom/gun violence prevention advocate @LoriHaasVA standing behind her. What a state, eh? https://t.co/z42DTBWeyH @CSGV @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/yVBUrXixeX
— Blue Virginia (@bluevirginia) January 17, 2019
However, some Democratic lawmakers have questioned the decision, and Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw gave her the nickname “Senator Annie Oakley Chase.”
“If she gets in an argument, what’s she gonna [do], pull out a gun and shoot them?” Saslaw said. “I just think it’s absurd.”
Chase claims that the ability to protect herself gives her peace of mind and that she has felt more confident in her surroundings.
“It empowers women,” Chase said.