At the Capitol, gun activists (pro and con), pot advocates, even a barber add to the hum

At the Capitol, gun activists (pro and con), pot advocates, even a barber add to the hum

Gun Rights

Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights, right, is greeted by Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Meyerson as she enters the chambers during the first day of the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (John Autey / Pioneer Press) A quiet morning at the state Capitol was interrupted this past week by a familiar echo that rang louder by the minute. Hurried footsteps and murmured exchanges quickly reached a crescendo as activists filed in by the hundreds. They waived signs and shouted their cause to lawmakers who entered the House and Senate chambers. This sequence — now that the Minnesota Legislature is back in town — will likely unfold again and again as the 2019 session rolls on. “There’s two … life cycles of this building: in session and out of session,” said Brian Pease, the Capitol site manager for the Minnesota Historical Society. “It’s kind of this laboratory of experience where you really get a sense of how this building functions.” Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Bagley, front, recites the Pledge of Allegiance as he and other House members are sworn in during the first day of the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (John Autey / Pioneer Press) In many ways, the Capitol complex on the edge of downtown St. Paul is like a little city, with an army of state workers, eateries, a police force, a barber. Even when the Legislature is not in session, there’s […]

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