ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A Minnesota lawmaker introduced a bill Monday to ban guns at the State Capitol complex, and consider the use of metal detectors at some building entrances.READ MORE: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul) introduced the bill after a recent security review in Minnesota recommended tightening security at the Capitol.
Minnesota law allows legal gun permit holders to bring weapons to the Capitol with few restrictions, after a one-time notification to the Department of Public Safety.
“Nobody wants to put impediments to meeting with public officials; to observing the process. That’s what it’s all about, but we are living in a different world,” said Paymar.READ MORE: Woman Critically Injured In Minneapolis Shooting
Paymar says the political world changed after Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot and eight others killed at a public meeting in Tucson.
Following the shooting, a security review in Minnesota recommended tighter security at the Capitol, but did not address the issue of guns at the Capitol.
Paymar’s bill recommends emergency procedures for a list of potential security threats and purchasing updated security equipment, including weapons screening machines.
However, key lawmakers say the Capitol is actually safer if more people are carrying weapons. They say it’s impossible to stop a deranged gunman and irresponsible to roll back Minnesota gun rights.MORE NEWS: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
“I’d hate to restrict a government building from carrying if people have a legal right to do it, especially since there is no problem with it,” said Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder), who is a chairman on the Public Safety Committee.