Task force to review regulations for guns in state Capitol building

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Malik Beasley

Timberwolves Malik Beasley suspended 12 games for offseason incident

Beasley was sentenced to 120 days in jail earlier this month.

Russell Wilson

Vikings fans should REALLY hope Russell Wilson doesn't go to the Bears

Wilson has a 6-0 record against Minnesota and could be on his way to the NFC North.

Ostroushko

Celebrated Minnesota musician Peter Ostroushko dies

Ostroushko, who learned his craft in the Ukrainian community of Northeast Minneapolis, had a versatile career including performances with popular artists and orchestras

Costco_Wholesale_Store_(34635636926)

Costco will bump its minimum wage to $16 next week

The company, which has 12 stores in Minnesota, is pushing ahead of retailers Target and Amazon with its new minimum wage

Seth Green/Gopher Football

Gophers wildcat QB Seth Green announces decision to transfer

Green will have immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis pays 3 times more than it receives in state funds, new report says

This report comes as state lawmakers are debating proposals opponents say would "bail out" the state's largest city.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Is Kirk Cousins' contract extension helping or hurting the Vikings?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

University of minnesota sign

U of M gets $5M donation for new center to address racial inequality in healthcare

Using a donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the School of Public Health will work to address racial disparities in healthcare.

Related