States remain split on guns in capitols

States remain split on guns in capitols

FILE – In this May 20, 2020 file photo protesters gather outside the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont. A bill signed into law Thursday, Feb. 19, 2021 by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte allows concealed firearms to be carried in most places in the state without a permit, and it expands the list of places where guns can be carried to include university campuses and the state Capitol. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, file) by IRIS SAMUELS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press HELENA (AP) — In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains political, and states are going in opposite directions. In Montana, a new state law signed Thursday allows anyone with a permit to bring a concealed firearm into the statehouse, reversing a decades-long policy banning guns inside the Capitol and fulfilling a longtime hope of Republicans who took control of the governor’s mansion as well as the Legislature this year. GOP-dominated Utah passed a law this month allowing people to carry concealed weapons into its Capitol building and elsewhere in the state without a permit. Guns are allowed in statehouses in some form in 21 U.S. states, according to a review by The Associated Press. Eight states allow only concealed firearms inside their capitols, while two states allow only open carry. Montana and Utah are two of at least 13 […]

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