Security at the Capitol

Gun rights activists wary of Minn. Capitol security meeting

by Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio  |  published on August 14, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gun rights advocates are expected to turn out for a meeting Wednesday morning that aims to examine security at the Minnesota State Capitol. They’re concerned about a possible move to ban guns from the landmark building that others say is not as protected from violence as it could be.

Andrew Rothman, vice president of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, has been encouraging his members to wear maroon shirts and pack the room for the discussion before the Advisory Committee on Capitol Security.

Rothman said there is no reason to ban legal, permit-to-carry holders from bringing guns to the Capitol because, “We don’t have a problem in the Minnesota state Capitol.”

The panel was formed in 2012 by the Legislature. It’s chaired by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon and its members include Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea. At the Wednesday meeting, members will get an overview on current weapons laws at the Capitol and other state government buildings.

Security concerns are nothing new at the Capitol.

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