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Holden moving to ban concealed weapons in state buildings

October 6, 2003
By: Ann M. Hynek
State Capital Bureau

One legislator says safety may be the high price to pay for Gov. Holden's ban on concealed weapons in state buildings. Ann Hynek has the story.

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Gov. Holden banned concealed weapons in state buildings, saying it would help protect state employees.

House Rep. Larry Crawford says the ban will have an opposite effect.

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Contents: Crawford says that state employees don't have to fear law abiding citizens who go through required measures to carry a concealed weapon.

Rep. Crawford says that the Capitol's legal counsel is looking into the constitutionality of the ban.

From the state Capitol, I'm Ann Hynek.

Date: October 6, 2003

By: Ann M. Hynek

State Capital Bureau

Some legislators say the governor's ban on concealed weapons in state buildings defeats the purpose of the law in the first place. Ann Hynek has the story.

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Gov. Holden banned concealed weapons in all state buildings, claiming it would keep state employees and their visitors safe.

House Rep. Larry Crawford says that Holden's executive order does not improve public safety, but may hinder it.

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Contents: Rep. Crawford says that the purpose of the concealed weapons law was to make it so that criminals would be less likely to attack someone if they were unsure if that person was carrying a weapon. With the ban, criminals no longer have to worry about this.

Rep. Crawford says legal counsel at the Capitol is looking into the ban's constitutionality.

From the state Capitol, I'm Ann Hynek.

Date: October 6, 2003

By: Ann M. Hynek

State Capital Bureau

The governor's ban on concealed weapons in state buildings has some legislators questioning his judgment. Ann Hynek has the story.

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Gov. Holden placed a ban on concealed weapons in state buildings across Missouri, saying it will improve public safety.

Rep. Larry Crawford says that the ban will not protect the public at all.

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Contents: Rep. Crawford says that to protect the public, Gov. Holden needs to look at the safety of the buildings in general.

Rep. Crawford says that metal detectors in state buildings would improve public safety.

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Contents: Rep. Crawford says that the capitol used to have metal detectors, and now does not. He says that metal detectors would protect the public more than a ban on concealed weapons.

Rep. Crawford says legal counsel at the capitol is examining the ban's constitutionality.

From the state Capitol, I'm Ann Hynek.