"Marshall, a Parkville Republican, believes the security protocols are an infringement on freedom, declaring on Facebook that “this is not how citizens should be greeted when entering the people’s house, their Missouri State Capitol.” Read more of the Kansas City Star article HERE.
I immediately reached out to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker who listed numerous problems with Rep. Marshall's offer: no apparent background checks, no asking if anyone is a felon, has an outstanding order of protection and the potential criminal or civil liability he would be undertaking if someone with his gun committed a crime.
Both the Kansas City Star and my office reached out to the office of the Director of Public Safety but were unable to reach anyone.
Many of us were disheartened to learn that our colleague keeps enough guns in his office to loan to others. Per statute, legislators and staff can legally carry concealed firearms in the Capitol and many do, particularly in committee hearings and on the House & Senate floors.
I am alarmed that my personal safety and well as others in a public state building is not of concern by Rep. Marshall.
Never a dull moment.