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WA Lege Day 26: Guns and uniforms

OLYMPIA -- This will likely be a short day around the Capitol as some legislators like to leave early to be home for the weekend and committees don't schedule late hearings.

The light agenda in both chambers includes resolutions honoring the state's National Guard, and members of the various Army and Air National Guard units are on duty in the halls of the Capitol, some in dress uniforms and some in camo.

Meanwhile, gun owners from around the state are holding a rally at the Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus, and many came armed for the "2nd Amendment Right Rally". The guns are visible, and thus legal, under the state's open-carry law, but the Department of Enterprise Services which manages the building and grounds sent out a memo earlier in the week, mentioning the rally in an attempt to allay any concerns about armed protesters. 

Legislators needn't feel out-gunned, however. The National Guard has some examples of its weaponry on display in the hallway.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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