Colo. authorities seize weapons at capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - State police have seized more than 500 weapons from people entering the State Capitol over the past year and a half, according to a report by the Colorado State Patrol obtained by the Associated Press.

The report says officers seized 495 knives, 22 box cutters, five handguns, a stun gun, a sword and brass knuckles, among other items, between January 2008 and September.

State Patrol Col. James Wolfinbarger said Monday no lawmakers were targeted and only one person was charged - for carrying illegal brass knuckles.

The legislature asked for the report during a recent hearing on safety issues. Lawmakers grappling with a $240 million budget deficit are debating whether to save $850,000 a year by eliminating capitol security guards and metal detectors at two main entrances.

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