WENTZVILLE, MO (KMOX) – Missouri Governor Nixon remains against the use of metal detectors to keep guns out of the State Capital building — despite this week’s scare over “cross-hair” stickers found on the doors of half a dozen state lawmakers.
“Boy, oh boy, if we start spending a bunch of money and making everybody get wanded to come into their capital because a couple people put stickers on the wall, where are we as a society?”
But State Representative Ed Schieffer disagreed with Nixon, after the two appeared together at a news conference favoring a bill to encourage more automotive parts manufacturing in the state.
“I don’t want to wait until we have a major incident until we say, why didn’t we use the machines?” Schieffer said.
Schieffer says the metal detectors were installed in the State Capital building after 9/11, but later removed and put in storage because of complaints about the staffing cost and long lines.
Nixon pointed to the possibility of long lines as something he wants to avoid.
“I want more people to visit the capital. I want more boy scout troops and classes coming,” Nixon said, “I want them to feel welcome and warm there, not like they’re going into some sort of zone.”
But Schieffer says this week’s sticker incident may be a warning.
“I have a fear that in this day and time that we need to be using those machines,” Schieffer said, “I feel like these little indicators like the stickers may be just the tip of the iceberg of some of the dissatisfaction. There may be some fringe groups out there.”
Nixon, who has his own armed security detail, says there are other layers of security around the State Capital building.
“I’m a big believe that when it comes to security that intelligence is the number one thing,” Nixon said, “so you know who’s going there. And we work very hard in that area.”
So far, security has been unable to find out who put the target stickers on the doors of lawmakers.
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