Task force to review regulations for guns in state Capitol building


The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security will hold the first of two planned meetings Wednesday to review regulations on having firearms in the state Capitol Complex, The Associated Press reports.

At current people with proper permits can have a firearm with them in the Capitol and in nearby buildings. Last session's hearings on the state's unsuccessful gun legislation included people who had firearms holstered to their hips.

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is heading up the review, and law enforcement officers will also sit on the panel.

Public testimony on the issue of firearms at the Capitol is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that gun advocates are concerned about the hearings, and many are expected to attend the Wednesday session.

Andrew Rothman, vice president of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, told MPR that there is no reason to ban legal, permit-to-carry holders from bringing guns into the Capitol building, because, "We don't have a problem in the Minnesota state Capitol."

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said more people have been carrying their guns into the Capitol building

The DPS said between Jan. 18 and Feb. 22, 150 permit holders notified the agency their intent to carry their guns on the Capitol Complex, nearly triple the amount of the 56 people who made the request in all of 2012.

At least one legislator -- Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder) -- has even said he’s carried a gun at the Capitol.

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