The FBI is waring publicly that there are planned armed protests in all 50 state capitols from now until President-elect Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration. In such, state capitols across the nation are stepped up security. Many are deploying National Guard units, SWAT teams and extra police officers. The US state capital in Washington now has over 200 armed guards. Many other states have bulked up their capitals as well and plan to keep it that way through this month.

Here in Idaho, we didn't see the security beef up like in some other states. According to AP/Yahoo news, the doors to the House and Senate chambers were locked starting this morning. Also, two state troopers were stationed at each entrance. In past years, the doors were propped open while an unarmed statehouse staff member controlled access.

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You probably remember that during a special session last August, the group called the People's Rights, including anti-government activist Ammon Bundy forced its way past troopers and filled the Idaho House gallery, despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of people allowed in. Allegedly, it's leaders were urging members to show up Monday at the today for the session.

Just in case, Republican Idaho Representative Chad Christensen decided it best to bring his bulletproof vest to the Capital Building today. “If I feel things are going to get heightened up, I may put it on,” he said. He also carries a .45-caliber handgun on his belt. That however is normal for him, the bulletproof vest however, this is a special occasion for.

Do you think our lawmakers, government officials and officers should be worried?

 

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