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Senate Kills Bill Allowing Sergeants-at-arms To Carry Guns

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota state Senate has voted to kill a bill allowing sergeants-at-arms to carry concealed weapons in the state Capitol.

The Senate voted 34-1 on Tuesday to table the bill.

Republican Sen. Brock Greenfield had been pushing for the bill. Greenfield said Tuesday he requested the bill be tabled because capitol security and the state highway patrol are now discussing increasing their numbers slightly at the Capitol next year.

Greenfield says the times are becoming volatile and the Capitol building is one of the most wide-open in the country. He says an increased security presence is preferable to measures like metal detectors.