Minn. Capitol Security Panel Split Over Guns

Posted at: 08/14/2013 2:12 PM

Photo credit: MGN
Photo credit: MGN

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Members of a task force studying security at Minnesota's Capitol are split over the law that allows handguns in the building.
The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security met Wednesday for a preliminary discussion of the issue. A second hearing to take public testimony is next week, but panel chair Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon says recommendations to the Legislature are still a ways off.
Prettner Solon along with DFL state Rep. Michael Paymar suggested allowing people with handgun permits to carry in the Capitol is a safety risk. But Republican members of the panel say law-abiding handgun owners are not the ones causing a safety risk.
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