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Capitol metal detector procedures detailed

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Now that metal detectors are installed at the state Capitol, the following procedures will apply for legislators, Capitol staff members and public visitors to the building.

• Metal detectors will be installed at all Capitol entrances on the first floor. All visitors will be required to go through the metal detectors. General public access will be allowed at all of these entrances for all visitors, including scheduled tours and schoolchildren.

• There will be designated official access points for legislators and staff, who will not have to go through the metal detectors if they have their building access badge.

• Concealed handgun license holders and law enforcement officers not in uniform will show their concealed handgun license or agency credentials to avoid going through the metal detectors; troopers will check to make sure that the CHL has not been revoked.

• When going through the metal detectors, visitors will be asked to remove metal objects before they walk through. Troopers will search bags as necessary. Officers will apply state criminal statutes if they discover unauthorized weapons.

• Wheelchair-bound visitors will not have to go through the metal detectors; troopers will use handheld wands to check for weapons.

• Groups wanting to set up a tour of the Capitol should contact the State Preservation Board (www.tspb.state.tx.us) for information about the tour process.


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