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Metal detectors could return to Missouri Captiol


Jefferson City, MO – Governor Matt Blunt's public safety director is proposing to re-install metal detectors at the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City.

They first went up following the September Eleventh terrorist attacks in 2001 but came down in July 2003, after lawmakers cut funding for private security guards who staffed the detectors.

Public Safety Director Mark James says he's concerned about the wide-open access to Missouri's Capitol.

Under his plan, all visitors would pass through metal detectors. Those who work in the Capitol would get security cards allowing them to enter the building through other doors.

The plan would cost $580,000 next year in state and federal money.