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Oregon Capitol adding metal detectors, X-ray machine, bag searches at entrances

KTVZ file

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – In order to better ensure the safety of the public, staff and elected officials, the Oregon State Capitol will implement new security measures for anyone entering the building, including metal detectors, officials said Wednesday.

Beginning Jan. 27, four days before the next legislative session begins, all visitors, employees, and elected officials will be required to pass through a metal detector upon entering the building. Bags and other items will pass through an X-ray machine or visual bag search. 

Trained security personnel situated at these entrances will check for any weapons or other dangerous items, similar to security practices at county courthouses throughout the state.

Oregon joins 33 other states across the nation that utilize metal detectors at state capitol entrances, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. The new security measures will be put in place to ensure compliance with ORS 166.370.

Due to the ongoing Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety project, certain areas in and around the Capitol are under active construction, including the front steps and State Street entrances. Visitors can use the Northwest and Northeast ADA entrances to enter the building.

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  1. It’s too bad it’s come to this, but with the crazies showing up fully armed and half-ready to shoot anyone who disagrees with them, safety needs to come first.

    1. So there are two sides to every coin… why are they crazies showing up? Could there actually be a problem with the government in this case? Makes ya wonder.

      1. There’s this thing called “Voting” that works in a democracy, no? Just because you’re no longer a majority in this state, it doesn’t mean you get to run around threatening people with guns. If you don’t like Liberal Oregon, Idaho isn’t that far away.

    2. So sad that you believe that those people are half-ready to shoot anyone who disagrees with them.
      It is scary how easily some can be deceived into believing things that are just not true.
      It works though, your information sources, for no good reason, have instilled unjustified fear into you.

      1. So sad these tiny men must go around armed to prove a point. Scary to think that most of these people barely graduated high school. The Q is strong in you.

        1. I took a tour of that building while packing heat. Oregon’s CCW rules allowed concealed carry even in the state house. How many CCW holders are a threat to Salem?

  2. Nice they care about the capital but not kids. Metal detectors and x-ray is ok for them but not children in schools. That’s right they want to take guns away and using children is the best way to do that. Protect politicians at all costs but not children.

    1. Take your issue to your local school board if you want more protection for the kids. They’re the ones that can make the changes. Or are you simply trying (and failing) to make a Second Amendment complaint?

  3. A sign of the times, I guess. It wasn’t that long ago that a sign stating that no firearms or explosives were allowed in a particular place was enough, but with the demonstrated illiteracy and lack of respect for the rule of law by certain members of the public, what do you expect?

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