Legislators Vote to Not Activate Metal Detectors

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A legislative panel says metal detectors won’t be activated during the 2005 Nevada Legislature given the lack of any recent security problems.

The Legislature’s Security Subcommittee voted Monday to endorse a recommendation from Capitol Police Chief Fred Rembold against activating the two detectors. Rembold said there were no security breaches at the 2003 session.

Rembold added police are stationed at entrances to the building, and all members of his staff are retired officers from large cities with years of law enforcement experience.

Sen. Ray Rawson, R-Las Vegas, chairman of the subcommittee, suggested Rembold do a study to determine how quickly the detectors could be put into use “if we had some serious downturn.”

Rembold got subcommittee approval to prohibit public parking near a loading dock at the rear of the Legislature, after saying someone “theoretically could wipe out all state government” by parking an explosives-laden truck there — only a few feet from the Assembly chambers.

He also suggested police consider placing planters or other type of barriers on the south side of the Legislative Building in case someone on a terrorist mission tried to drive into the building.

Planters were installed in front of the main entrance several years ago after a cabbie, attempting to commit suicide, drove through the front windows.