- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The police chief for North Carolina’s legislative complex says he believes installing metal detectors where the General Assembly works can be done in a way that balances security with the public’s access to see legislation enacted.

Chief Martin Brock told a legislative oversight committee Thursday that metal detector recommendations have been made through the legislature’s building administrator to a bipartisan commission of House and Senate leaders. The commission has the final say. Brock says he anticipates something will develop “fairly soon.”

The idea has been discussed for years. Some legislators have been worried the metal detectors would discourage the public visiting the Legislative Building. Most high-profile state government buildings in downtown Raleigh have the machines. General Assembly police officers already monitor the front doors and walk the halls.

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