A Member of Parliament from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party who drove into the underground parking lot there with a gun on his passenger’s seat was asked by a police guard to put it away but drove on after telling him, “I prefer to get someone first, before they get me,” the newspaper Eleftherotypia reported.
The MP was not identified but the incident came after other lawmakers said they believe that Golden Dawn lawmakers are bringing guns into the chamber instead of checking them at a secure location as required.
MP’s can carry guns anywhere they want and have immunity from all crimes unless the protection is lifted by their colleagues.
Only MP’s personal police body guards are allowed to carry guns inside the Parliament building. There was no information on whether MP’s are checked before they enter the chamber.
A member of the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Petros Tsatsopoulos and PASOK Socialist Paris Koukoulopoulos have in the past warned that Golden Dawn MPs have been entering Parliament armed.
Last week, Golden Dawn MP Panayiotis Iliopoulos was ejected from the Parliament after breaking rules of decorum by insulting major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras.
Iliopoulos continued to scream angry insults as a guard was escorting him out of the chamber, and while a SYRIZA MP mocked him by yelling “Heil Hitler!” three times.
New Democracy MP Fotini Pipili said she feared that Iliopoulos brings his gun into the body and said she feared one of the party’s members would open fire in the chamber.
Earlier this month, Golden Dawn MP Giorgos Germenis reportedly reached for his gun while being restrained by Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis’ bodyguards and after throwing a punch at the mayor for barring the neo-Nazis from conducting a Greeks-only free Easter food handout. MP’s have immunity from all crimes unless the protection is lifted by a majority of their colleagues.