After gun rallies, Beshear says he’ll look into relaxing Capitol security further

After gun rallies, Beshear says he’ll look into relaxing Capitol security further

By Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday his administration is evaluating rules about what people can and cannot bring into the Capitol, but that any changes the administration makes won’t restrict the ability to bring guns into the Capitol. “We believe that the rules right now, if followed, are appropriate, at least as it comes to firearms, which are constitutionally protected,” Beshear said. “We need to take a look back at some other rules that have been put into place, whether they’re about umbrellas or other issues.” Under current rules, umbrellas are not allowed in the Capitol but anyone can openly carry a gun so long as they legally possess the firearm, except in the Supreme Court chambers, the House and Senate chambers and the House and Senate gallery. Those rules sparked public outcry last week after pro-gun activists wearing camouflage spent much of Friday walking around the Capitol carrying large guns. Photos of the activists went viral on social media and were picked up by national publications. One photo showed a group of men lifting their guns above their heads and another showed men carrying guns while wearing ski masks over their faces. Beshear said security rules prohibit wearing masks inside the Capitol and require handguns to be holstered and rifles to be hanging. The activists have come to protest the possibility of a “ red flag law ,” which would allow police or a family member to petition a judge for approval to temporarily take someone’s guns […]

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