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Downloadable Guns Would Pose Unique Risk to Capitol, Gainer Says
‘Even the most technologically advanced security cannot neutralize all possible threats,’ Ex-Senate sergeant-at-arms writes

Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer says not permanently stopping downloadable plastic guns “will increase the challenges of protecting the security of members of Congress, their staffs and visitors to the Capitol.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 3:26 p.m. | The only person to hold both top law enforcement roles at the Capitol says downloadable plastic guns would pose an added challenge of “detection and defense” for those who protect Capitol Hill.

Terrance W. Gainer, who served as Senate sergeant-at-arms for seven years and before that as the chief of the Capitol Police, said he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but elected officials must recognize the “unique threat downloadable firearms pose to public safety.”

TSA Official 'Removed' After Reports of Bonuses
Head of security operations has been replaced by his deputy, reports say

Transportation Security Administration chief Peter Neffenger, left, has reportedly replaced the head of security operations at the agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Transportation Security Administration official who was targeted during a recent House committee hearing about big bonuses and soul-crushing airport lines has been "removed from his position," the House Oversight Committee announced on Twitter Tuesday .

Kelly Hoggan, the head of of security operations at the TSA, came under fire during the May 12 hearing for receiving more than $90,000 in bonuses and awards over a 13-month period in 2013-14, according to media reports.