As protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) pulled a wooden leg off a stand inside the House Chamber in case he needed to defend himself.

Breitbart News spoke with Nehls, former Sheriff of Fort Bend County, Texas, who said the events of the day were “uncalled for.”

He added, “I mean, breaching that building, trying to storm the sacred hall, it’s just not the way we should be conducting business.”

Nehls went on to explain that he was inside the House Chamber when things got crazy, and just inside the doors, there were bottles of hand sanitizer on stands with wooden legs.

He said, “The other Congressman broke a leg off and I broke another one off to use it in case they breached the door.”

Earlier in the day, Breitbart News noted Rep. Mo Brooks’ (R-AL) tweet that Reps. had been instructed to “hide behind chairs” in case of intruders.

Ironically, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has pledged to carry a gun for self-defense in D.C.

On December 23, 2020, Boebert told Breitbart News, “I’ve already gone through the concealed carry firearm courses to obtain a Washington, DC, permit.”

Boebert added, “I am my security.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at

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