Collins At First Meeting Since Shooting, Talks of Firearms Training

Wants Capitol Police Session For Lawmakers

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(WBEN/WKBW)  At his first public meeting since the congressional shootings in Arlington last week, Clarence Republican Chris Collins said he is preparing a bill that would allow Capitol Police to train members of Congress and their staff on firearms safety.

Collins tells 7 Eyewitness News that he is also going to start having one armed officer at all of his public events.  

"(You) Potentially have a situation that Capitol Police might be able to train and certify members of congress and some of their staff," Collins said.

Earlier Collins also said the incident would prompt him to arm himself when at certain events. 

"I will play it by ear and I'll decide when I think it's appropriate and when I think it's not," Collins told WKBW this weekend.

Cong. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.  Scalise, a member of the house leadership, travels with a security detail from the Capitol Police, and they are credited with quickly taking down shooter James Hodgkinson. 

Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika remained in critical condition Friday; three others wounded have been released from hospitals. Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson's social media posts with a history of postings against Republicans and Pres. Trump.  Investigators are also going through  a cellphone, computer and camera taken from his van.

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