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Updated: Heighten Security Following Threat to Mo. Lawmakers

Sherman Fabes, KMOX Capitol Building
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Less than a month ago crosshair stickers were placed on lawmakers’ doors, and now, prior to a hearing on a bill to heighten security in the Sate Capitol Building, a threatening email was sent to the Senate leadership.

The email referenced former U.S. Senator Gabrielle Giffords who was severely wounded in an Arizona shooting rampage last year and made obscene insults directed at four senators; Robin Wright Jones of St. Louis and Senators Callahan, Goodman and Justus.

The email arrived in the office of President Pro Tem Rob Mayer shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday. It primarily dealt with the price of gas.

Capitol police were contacted, security was stepped up and the job of tracing the email got underway. Police  made some progress in tracing the email to a home in eastern Missouri but no other details are being released.

Later Tuesday afternoon another email was received apologizing for the threatening email with the author saying he was furious over the price of gas and stated “no harm intended.”

In January KMOX News reported that some lawmakers arrived at work to find bright orange stickers with the image of rifle crosshairs on their office doors.

The hearing on increasing security measures with the use of cameras and metal detectors was held but  the committee failed to take any action.  The security bill was filed by Senator Robin Wright-Jones.

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