In what threatened to be yet another nightmarish scenario involving a gun, the U.S. Capitol building and visitor center was on lockdown beginning around 9 am Friday morning following reports of an armed woman; individuals were told to “shelter in place.” The lockdown has since been lifted, and Republicans are free to return to frantically crushing even the most feeble of gun control legislation proposals.


NBC reports that according to a “highly placed source,” an individual got inside the U.S. capitol building with something that looked like a firearm on the security screen, after which no one was allowed to enter or exit.

What a fucking world.

UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, the Sergeant at Arms informed House leadership staff that the lockdown was reportedly a false alarm. Capitol police officers had been searching for a woman in an office building tunnel leading to the Capitol.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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