CHARLESTON– Ahead of a rally planned for Sunday in Charleston, police are releasing some safety precautions.
To ensure the safety and security of the West Virginia Capitol Complex and all who work and visit there, the Capitol Police is reminding everyone of the long-standing prohibition of weapons on the campus and in its buildings.
The items banned under §61-6-19 and §61-7-2 of the West Virginia Code include all manner of firearms as well as multiple categories of knives and bludgeons.
In the wake of the tragic attack and violence in Charlottesville, Va., the Capitol Police has specifically prohibited the following additional items from the Capitol grounds, effective immediately:
· Sticks, including those affixed to signs;
· Water guns or pistols;
· Capstun or pepper spray
Also, bicycles and animals will be prohibited for the duration of Sunday’s event in the Capitol’s North Plaza, where the group Call to Action for Racial Equality has obtained a permit to hold its rally.
Other items and materials may be prohibited if they appear to pose a risk to people or property. Visitors are urged to apply common sense and be mindful of these prohibitions before they enter the Capitol Complex grounds.
The Capitol Police further reminds visitors that backpacks, coolers and bags brought on to the campus are subject to search.
Other relevant state laws include the prohibition of the wearing of masks, hoods or face coverings on the Capitol grounds and other public spaces.
The Capitol Police is coordinating its safety and security measures with multiple law enforcement agencies as well as with the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. This collaboration will ensure that all applicable laws are strictly enforced to provide for the safety and security of all people and property on the Capitol campus.