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Minnesota Capitol security panel split over guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of a task force studying security at Minnesota's Capitol are split over the law that allows handguns in the building.

The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security met Wednesday for a preliminary discussion of the issue. A second hearing to take public testimony is next week, but panel chair Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon says recommendations to the Legislature are still a ways off.

Prettner Solon along with DFL state Rep. Michael Paymar suggested allowing people with handgun permits to carry in the Capitol is a safety risk. But Republican members of the panel say law-abiding handgun owners are not the ones causing a safety risk.

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