Mo. lawmaker offers to loan guns to constituents

Mo. lawmaker offers to loan guns to constituents
 
New security measures at Missouri’s state Capitol that prevent members of the public from bringing in firearms have one lawmaker so upset that he is offering to loan his own weapons to visitors.
 
The new rules require visitors to go through metal detectors and put their belongings through X-ray machines. Signs posted at every entry warn visitors that firearms are not permitted inside the Capitol.
 
To State Rep. Nick Marshall (R), the rules smack of tyranny.
 
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“This is not Freedom and Liberty! This is not how citizens should be greeted when entering The People’s House, their Missouri State Capitol,” Marshall wrote on his Facebook page this week.
 
“I will do everything in my power to reverse this sad and troubling new policy that was NOT authorized by the General Assembly.”
 
Marshall has posted a sign on his office door offering to loan guns to constituents who have a valid concealed carry permit while they visit the Capitol.
 
“Effective immediately, any constituent of mine with a CCW that was not allowed to bring his firearm into the Capitol may stop by my office and borrow one for the duration of the visit,” Marshall wrote in a second Facebook post.
 
State law allows members of the legislature and their staffs to carry concealed firearms, provided they have a permit, the Kansas City Star reported. The law allows state government to bar weapons from public buildings.
 
The new ban on weapons came from Gov. Eric Greitens (R), whose office requested stricter security at the Capitol, the Star reported.
 
Missouri is the latest state to require visitors to pass through security screenings when entering its Capitol. About half of states screen visitors, either with X-ray machines or guards who use metal-detecting wands, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures and Stateline.