BOISE -- After what legislative leadership calls a disturbing event, visitors to the Capitol building will no longer be able to go on the house and senate floors in the evenings or on weekends.
Senate and house leaders, who set the new rules, say they don't want things to be this way, but say this particular incident involving a man with a gun attaching himself to a tour group and rifling through their desks crossed too many lines.
On a recent Thursday night security tapes clearly show what has house and senate leaders concerned.
It was a man following around little Cub Scouts with a gun. Not acceptable, Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill said.
In addition to carrying a sidearm -- which leaders note is perfectly legal in Idaho's statehouse -- there was more.
That individual was caught on security cameras rifling through desks, taking pictures of the papers that were on desks, getting stuff out of the desks, out of the wastebasket, taking pictures of that, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said.
The security video shows the man at House Majority Leader Mike Moyle's Desk. He's seen the tape.
Kind of mixed emotions, said Moyle. One, it's the people's house, and I don't keep stuff out there the public can't see, but then again, it's not a good feeling knowing somebody's rifling through your stuff too.
Moyle isn't sure why his desk was one of those that the man looked through.
I think he was probably just looking for something. He probably didn't know what he was looking for. I don't know, Moyle said. If you've ever been robbed before, it's a feeling of being violated, it's not a good feeling. I think that the concern is that while he didn't steal anything, he obviously was looking for something and we don't want that to happen in the future.
Because of this incident both the house and senate floors will be closed on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.
This should disturb all Idahoans because if everyone acts that way, then we can't have the open Capitol like we always have here, Bedke said. We'll have to go the road that other states have had with security guards, metal detectors, etc.
Bedke says that while floor hours are now restricted, the rest of the capitol, like the rotunda can still be toured as usual. He also says if someone needed to schedule a tour after normal hours, it could be worked out.
We hope that [the new rule] doesn't create any problems, and if it does, we want to hear about that because it's important to us that people have access to their legislators and the capitol, Bedke said.
As of now leadership doesn't see any reason to go farther with security or ban guns at the statehouse.
I think the lawmakers here will take whatever precautionary actions that we need to take, but at the same time protecting those second amendment rights, Hill said.
I don't have a problem with responsible people carrying guns in the Capitol. I never have, said Moyle. The key there is responsible people. This individual probably wasn't very responsible if he was going through people's desks and looking at people's private stuff, so you know, he's crossed the line.
Speaker Bedke says this all happened because an inexperienced tour guide thought the man was a Cub Scout parent, which he wasn't.
KTVB reached out to a minority leader, but he wanted Bedke and Hill to respond, since they set the rules.
Again, leadership says nothing appears illegal, but just raised a lot of questions, and changed the rules for everyone. The main capitol building and areas like the rotunda will remain open in the evenings and on weekends as usual. This restriction only applies to the chambers.
In addition to changes for the public, the house and senate have both discussed with members the importance of keeping non-public documents and personal property in offices, and not on the floor.
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