Tight security for Inauguration Day at capitol

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Today is Inauguration Day for Governor Dannel Malloy. He will be sworn in for his second term in Hartford this afternoon.

By the end of the day, Governor Malloy may be hoarse from all the speeches, and everybody else may be very cold from standing outside waiting to get into the Capitol complex.

They’re going to be waiting around because security has changed since the last time the legislature was in session, and certainly since the last time there was an event this size at the Capitol.

All visitors now have to go through airport style screenings, as in empty your pockets, go through a metal detector, any bags go through an x-ray machine. It’s similar to what people go through at state courthouses and a lot of other public buildings in Connecticut. The difference is, they don’t host events for this many people, and there are now only two public entrances to the complex.

“I’m afraid it’s going to be very difficult. Security here does the best job they can but to bring people through one by one like this when there’s hundreds of people, I can’t imagine how there’s not going to be a back up,” said Sen. Joe Markley, (R) Southington .

“We’re going to have all of our manpower out, the entire department will be here making it as speedy of a process for everybody as possible,” said Ofc. Scott Driscoll, State Capitol Police

No weapons of any kind are allowed inside. Tuesday News 8 watched as one man was sent away because he had a small pen knife in his pocket.

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