Capitol Security Enhancements
In an effort to keep the public, state employees and members of the General Assembly safe in the State Capitol, the state of Missouri implemented security enhancements at the State Capitol Building on Jan. 10, 2017.
The general public can access the Capitol Building through the following entrances:
- South First Floor Door: Normal Business Hours (This entrance is also known as the Carriage Tunnel Entrance, and faces High Street (year-round).
- West First Floor Door: Tuesday – Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ONLY when the General Assembly is in session. (This entrance is on the floor above the Capitol cafeteria.)
- East Basement Door, when there is business of the state being conducted in the Capitol after 5:30 p.m., the public will be allowed in through the East Basement Door. The East Basement Door is an ADA access point to enter and exit the building.
Entrances are staffed by security personnel utilizing both magnetometers and X-ray conveyors for security screening. These public entrances are also used by contract employees, special guests, members of the media and lobbyists, who are also subject to screening.
Employees who work in the Capitol Building and those with regular business in the Capitol will be issued electronic key card credentials (Proximity Cards) and may enter secure entrances without being subject to search at the following entrances:
- East First Floor Door, known as the Battleship Entrance, which faces Jefferson Street and is above the Capitol Garage entrance.
- West Basement, known as the Cafeteria Entrance, which faces Broadway.
- Carriage East and Carriage West First Floor Doors on the South Side of the Capitol, beside the Carriage Tunnel Entrance, which face High Street.
- Also, Proximity Card (key card) readers have now been placed on the X-ray machines located at the South (Carriage Tunnel) and West checkpoint entrances for the public – staffed by Capitol Police – on the first floor. State employees entering at these checkpoints may use their Proximity Cards on these readers to verify current employment, or be subject to the full screening process.
School groups will enter through the West First Floor Entrance Tuesday – Thursday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the General Assembly is in session. School groups will enter through the South (Carriage Tunnel) Entrance between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday and Friday. Only children who are not yet in high school and are not carrying backpacks, satchels, etc., will be allowed to bypass searches. Teachers, school staff and chaperons are subject to search.
Those with Firearms
State and federal law enforcement officers, peace officers, probation and parole officers, wardens and superintendents of prisons or penitentiaries, members of the armed forces and National Guard, persons vested with judicial authority by the state or federal court must use searched entries, but credentials will be verified by a stationed law enforcement officer.
Similarly, those with a valid conceal and carry firearms permit must use searched entries and be in possession both of their permit and valid photo identification. Conceal and carry permit holders are not authorized to carry concealed firearms on the chamber floor of either the House or Senate, in the House or Senate galleries, or any legislative meeting rooms. This policy is in keeping with Chapter 571 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
Persons who do not meet the above qualifications may not enter the Capitol Building with a firearm. Persons in legal possession of a firearm but who do not meet the above qualifications will be asked to return the firearm to a secure location in their vehicle prior to entering the Capitol.
Delivery drivers who are not state employees are not permitted to drive into the Capitol basement. They will be required to unload outside the basement garage and will be subject to search by a security hand-wand. Deliveries will be searched. Deliveries will also be permitted at the South First Floor (Carriage Tunnel) Door, subject to search.
Unless authorized, firearms and weapons of any kind, including any knife with a blade exceeding four inches and any type of explosive device, are prohibited. Anything illegal to possess under Missouri law may be seized and retained as evidence in a criminal prosecution.