Report: PA House leaders strip guards of guns

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 10, 2012 11:38 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have quietly decided to strip the chamber's uniformed guards of their firearms, reversing a policy instituted in 2006.

The decision was made after the discovery that one of the 16 guards had been carrying a gun for years despite a criminal history. House records and interviews reveal he was fired in May and three people who supervised him resigned. Top House officials declined to comment.

Security guards for the state Senate don't carry weapons. The Capitol complex is protected by the Capitol police force.

The former director of security for the legislative officers, Phil Frederick, was one of those who resigned and says he has no regrets about the policy.

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