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Rapid City Police Chief concerned about allowing elected officials to carry guns


While lawmakers wrestle with the question of whether to allow elected officials to carry concealed weapons in public buildings like courthouse and the capitol building, local law enforcement grows concerned.   

Courthouse security may not be enough for some lawmakers who believe elected officials should carry concealed weapons into public buildings. Some prefer protecting themselves with their own firearms.

But Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender has some concern about public safety.  "I'm pro second amendment, I believe in the right to own a gun and carry it under almost all circumstances but in a crowded building with a number of untrained or under trained people, this does not equate necessarily to safety,"  said Allender.

The bill was passed to the house floor for debate but it has not been scheduled.

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