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One Legislative Leader Threatens to Take Away the Governor's Security Force to Make a Point

March 23, 1999
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

One of the leaders in the Missouri House threatens to take away the governor's security force...just to make a point about the right to carry concealed weapons.

Missy Shelton is in Jefferson City with the latest.

Story:Shelton
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The Majority Floor leader in the House Wayne Crump of Potosi proposed doing away with the funding for the 10 Highway Patrol officers who guard the governor.

During debate on the house floor, Representative Crump said he believes there's something wrong with the governor speaking against the right to carry concealed weapons when he himself enjoys the protection of 10 armed highway patrol officers.

Rep Luann Ridgeway and Rep Crump discuss the message they are trying to send to the governor

Actuality:Wayne Crump and Luann Ridgeway
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Contents: This is the same governor who is opposed to me a woman though I don't get a mansion in Jefferson City, this is the same man who doesn't want me to have a weapon to protect myself but he's supposed to have ten men with guns protecting him. The governor has in the last few months...

Eventually, Representative Crump withdrew his proposal because he said he just wanted to send a message to the governor.

Chris Sifford is the governor's spokesman.

Actuality:Sifford
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Contents: Chris Sifford says, "This was an effort to grand-stand politically and of course it wasn't successful...The governor's a little bit different than everybody else and in the last year has had his life threatened. It seems to be cavalier to take that attitude about the safety of public officials."

The issue isn't dead. The Senate could make the same proposal when they begin their work on the budget.

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