Senator Witkos Addresses Security Measures at State Capitol [NBC Connecticut]

January 11, 2013

Push to Add Metal Detectors at Capitol

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In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown one state lawmaker is making a push to add metal detectors at the State Capitol.

Rep. Ernest Hewett, who represents the 39th District, is introducing a bill to beef up security at both the Capitol and Legislative Office Building.

“The most dangerous thing in the world is a fool with a cause,” Rep. Hewett said. “You can’t stop that.”

If you visit the Capitol now you will be greeted by security at the front door and you’ll find Capitol Police patrolling the grounds.

Hartford is in the majority when it comes to state capitols without metal detectors.

But the capitol buildings in neighboring Massachusetts and New York have them.

In Albany officials installed them in 2003 as a result of the September 11 terror attacks.

All vistors are screened and bags are placed through x-ray machines.

In the ten years metal detectors have been in place in New York’s capitol building state police there have confiscated a fake handgun, knives, razors, box cutters as well as mace and pepper spray, according to the New York State Police.

However not everyone in Hartford is on board with Rep. Hewett’s proposal.

“We’ve taken measures since 9/11,” Sen. Kevin Witkos, who represents the 8th District, said. “We’ve locked a lot of the entrances here. We have panic buttons on many of the desks, we have video cameras. We have a lot of the tools in place that would prevent any type of a tragedy from happening.”

Governor Malloy said earlier this week that he would support a bill that adds metal detectors to the Capitol.