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House Installs Metal Detectors to Screen Lawmakers After Capitol Breach

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House Installs Metal Detectors to Screen Lawmakers After Capitol Breach

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U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers will now be screened by newly installed metal detectors when entering the House chamber in the Capitol, the acting House sergeant-at-arms said in a memo to lawmakers on Jan. 12. Timothy Blodgett said that the security policy shift will apply to everyone seeking to enter the House chamber and that it will go into effect immediately. “To ensure compliance with Capitol Police Board regulations concerning firearms and incendiary devices, as well as to provide a safe and secure environment in which to conduct legislative business, effective immediately, all persons, including Members, are required [to] undergo security screening when entering the House chamber,” Blodgett wrote. The memo said magnetometers are being placed at selected entrances to the chamber. It also reminded lawmakers that firearms are restricted to their offices, pursuant to a 1967 regulation. “Failure to complete screening or the carrying of prohibited items could result in …

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