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January 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Guns in Senate viewing area: Ban all open carrying of guns

I want to thank Lt. Gov. Brad Owen for banning open carrying of guns in the viewing area of the state Senate chamber [“State Senate bans openly carried guns in public gallery,” Local News, Jan. 17). This is a good, small step in the right direction.

The Times article first stated as his reason that it is a form of demonstration, which is not allowed in the viewing area. The article then continued with a second reason: People on the floor are “fearful of doing their job” and then Owens stated that he was concerned about the safety of pages. He said that he has the support of the Democrats and the Republicans.

Okay, great, but what about the safety of those who aren’t on the Senate floor? What about other parents concerned about the safety of their kids (as well as their own safety) who are at markets, shopping malls, the aquarium or just walking down the street? Our politicians don’t seem to want guns visible when they are working, but apparently it’s okay for people to walk around with loaded, open carries almost anywhere else.

Olympia is going to require people with guns who are in public galleries to keep their pistols holstered and rifles pointed at floor or ceiling. Why isn’t this the law for the entire state of Washington? I really don’t want to go to a public place and see people waving their weapons. That would be really scary to me. I wonder how other readers feel about that, including gun owners.

Theodore Coskey, Seattle

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