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“Where’s the security come from if you can still get in with a gun?” asked Canadian tourist Clyde Ducharme, who went through the metal detectors one recent morning.

Lobbyist Michelle Wittenburg, who recently received her gun permit and has been signing up her colleagues so they can do the same, said the security at the Capitol is still strong because permit holders aren’t the ones who would pose any threat.

“If you do have a [gun permit], then that shows you have gone through a background check and you’ve been vetted, so to speak,” Ms. Wittenburg said. “I don’t think those are the people that are going to cause your problems in the Capitol.”