- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Rules used to decide what people can and cannot bring into Kentucky’s Capitol are being evaluated, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday.

But the Democratic governor said any changes by his administration won’t restrict the ability to bring guns into the statehouse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

“We believe that the rules right now, if followed, are appropriate, at least as it comes to firearms, which are constitutionally protected,” Beshear said. “We need to take a look back at some other rules that have been put into place, whether they’re about umbrellas or other issues.”

Umbrellas are not allowed in the Capitol under current rules, but anyone can openly carry a gun so long as they legally possess the firearm, except in the Supreme Court chambers, the House and Senate chambers and the House and Senate gallery.

Those rules have come under scrutiny after gun-rights activists wearing camouflage walked around the Capitol carrying guns one day last week. One photo showed a group of men lifting their guns above their heads and another showed men carrying guns while wearing ski masks over their faces.

Beshear said security rules prohibit wearing masks inside the Capitol and require handguns to be holstered and rifles to be hanging.

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