In the aftermath of last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Rep. Scott Perry, R-PA, canceled a town hall he had scheduled for Saturday. Other members of Congress have beefed up security at events.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, doesn’t expect the open format to be very popular moving forward.

“They’re canceling town halls. That’s a crowd you probably can’t control. You’ll probably see very few town halls moving forward,” he said.

It’s not an issue the congressman from Western New York has to consider. Despite being widely criticized by his opponents for it, Collins has refused to host a town hall.

He has had sheriff’s deputies present at events over the last few days, including a veteran’s benefits fair Saturday and a luncheon with a local chamber of commerce on Monday.

“This is how I communicate, with chambers of commerce and schools and I did a business tour earlier today,” Collins said.

The Republican did express safety concerns after the shooting and has vowed to carry a firearm with him to events in his district. He said his decision to hold town halls though, was never about safety.

Rather, he said he doesn’t believe it’s an effective form of discourse.

“I don’t feel vindicated at all. Other members now, obviously, are concerned about the security,” he said. “That would be a forum you would certainly be concerned.”