The SNAFU over their lost guns has launched Capitol Police into the ultimate pop-culture orbit: Being the butt of a late-night TV joke. After Chief Kim C. Dine told Congress officers would now undergo special training on weapons handling, Jimmy Kimmel panned the department's "potty training" with a mock instructional video, "So You Want to Use the Bathroom While Carrying a Firearm." "Are you currently carrying a firearm? Do you need to use the restroom? Great, let's learn how to use both safely and responsibly," a narrator says. The video includes tips on how to stand in front of the urinal, and how to greet fellow bathroom users (pointing firearms = not OK, shaking hands = OK).
The morning after Kimmel's May 21 show, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider did not immediately respond to an email asking if department leaders had seen the video.
It's possible more congressional bathroom-gun chatter could take place at a later date. Unlike their House counterparts, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee has never called Dine to testify during his tenure as chief, which began in December 2012.
"I don't know that we'll have a hearing, but we're certainly talking to the chief and talking to the sergeant-at-arms as one of the members of the [Capitol] Police Board," Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., told CQ Roll Call on May 21. "We might determine sometime in the future to have a hearing, but right now the appropriations process takes the time of lots of our members."
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