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Capitol Security

A flier on Rep. Nick Marshall's Capitol office door offering to let constituents borrow his firearm while visiting. (Jan. 13, 2017)
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A Kansas City-area lawmaker is offering to allow some visitors to the Missouri Capitol to borrow a gun while inside the building.

portable metal detector
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The Missouri Capitol is restoring security procedures, and metal detectors, that have not been in place at the complex for almost 14 years.

As of  Tuesday, most visitors to the Missouri Capitol – including journalists and lobbyists – will be subject to security searches and be required to go through metal detectors. The new procedures won’t apply to elected officials.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

Mo. Senate considers legislation to beef up security at the Capitol

The bill would increase the number of security cameras at the State Capitol and allow the Governor's Office of Administration to hire private, armed security guards if needed. 

It's sponsored by Democrat Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis.  She filed the bill shortly after someone placed rifle target stickers outside her office and the offices of several other Democratic Senators and one House Republican:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 3, 2012 - State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis City, has introduced legislation to beef up security at the Missouri Capitol Building, a move that comes days after target stickers were placed on some legislators' office doors.

The senator filed a bill on Thursday to authorize the state's Office of Administration to contract with private firms to provide armed guards at the Missouri Capitol. She also seeks to restore the metal detectors removed from entrances several years ago.