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The front of the Missouri State Capitol building is under renovation on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Parents of children who may be looking forward to a field trip to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City next year should be aware that, under a proposed new rule, individuals with concealed-carry permits would be allowed to bring firearms into the Capitol building. Thus, their children may be sharing hallways or visiting offices along with individuals carrying guns.

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice is opposing this proposed rule on the grounds that it is both dangerous and unnecessary; visitors to the Capitol already have to go through metal detectors, so the building is as safe as possible. The proposal would not permit firearms in the Senate or House chambers or in committee meetings, but there is no logical way that this could be enforced. Knives, and even balloons, are not permitted in the building. So, what is the rationale for allowing the deadliest weapons of all?

Readers who believe that this proposed rule, 1 CSR 35-1.050, is both unnecessary and dangerous should send their comments to the Office of Administration, P.O. Box 809, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102. Deadline for receiving comments is Dec. 15.

Ginny Weil  •  Clayton

Member, Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice

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