- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

An aide to Democratic Rep. John Conyers — one of the loudest voices on Capitol Hill for additional federal gun control laws — caught a lucky break just recently.

Betty Petrenz, who works as office manager for Mr. Conyers, brought a gun inside her purse into a federal building in Detroit, The Daily Caller reported.

But officers let her off with a warning — no ticket, no fine, no jail time. Typically, carting a weapon into a federal building is against the law.

Sometimes, even nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun can bring stiff penalties. Just ask one conservative blogger, who reminded of the unfortunate fate of an 8-year-old boy who received a school suspension for his Pop-Tart artwork.

“Children are literally suspended from school for bringing gun-shaped pop tarts to school, yet this Democratic clerk gets off scott-free,” the blogger wrote at the conservative news site Rare.

Mr. Conyers has a low political tolerance for Second Amendment violations. The National Rifle Association rates him an “F” for gun rights, labeling him one of the toughest advocates for Second Amendment crackdowns in Congress, The Daily Caller reported.

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• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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