The ORIGINAL gathering place for a merry band of Three Percenters. (As denounced by Bill Clinton on CNN!)
Interesting question. I know that here in Washington State, every public building is open to carriers with a few minor exceptions (courthouses, jails, controlled areas of LEO's house). I've got pics of me and a few friends in the Rotunda with our ARs. We have a couple of "lawmakers" who actually conceal carry on the House floor... Much to the dismay of some of the others "working" there.
As to the statehouse being exempt.... I don't have a problem with that, on one condition. Any place that is designated a "sensitive place" must, by definition, first have access control with metal detectors at all access points, armed security while open, and lockers to check carry weapons. If it fails that test, then it isn't a sensitive place and carry must be allowed. So... exempt the statehouse? OK... if they have metal detectors, armed security, and gun lockers.
Mr. Anonymouse,Never give an inch. The verbage in question allows for no wiggle: "...shall not be infringed." That, for those of us coming from public schools, means leave it the hell alone.
As originally written, HB2025 did not exempt the statehouse. It allowed carry in any building that did not already have means of detection of concealed weapons. Buildings could be exempted for 4 years while such equipment was installed by a letter to the state AG. As I read it, though, it has been amended to ban CCW from the governor's mansion, buildings on the "capitol grounds" and courthouses, including county courthouses. Primarily the change will allow carry on college campuses.
Under the terms of the bill the state capital and the office buildings in the state office complex would come under the exact same rules as all other public buildings. That is: You can post them as carry prohibited if and only if you have security provisions in place to ensure that people entering the building are not carrying. You may not post as no carry UNLESS you have metal detectors, armed security etc etc... No change and no restriction about the ability to post as no carry on private property.
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