Arkansas House adding metal detectors, security guards

     (AP) – Visitors to Arkansas' House of Representatives will
have to go through additional metal detectors when the Legislature convenes for
the session next week.
     The House on Thursday announced that the detectors have been placed at the
entrances to the chamber galleries. House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said in a
statement that he's also directed additional security guards be stationed at
public entrances to the House.
     Visitors to the state Capitol already have to go through metal detectors when
they enter the building. A House spokeswoman said the additional measures are
not in response to a threat.
     House officials encouraged visitors interested in watching the chamber's
proceedings to come to the screening checkpoints several minutes early because
of the new measures. The new metal detectors cost roughly $7,500.


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