Lt. Gov. Brad Owen announced Friday that the public will no longer be able to openly carry firearms in the state Senate chamber’s public viewing area.

Owen, a Democrat who also serves as president of the Senate, said a notice of the change will be posted outside the gallery at the Capitol, likely before Monday’s floor session.

“We’re just noting that open carry is a form of demonstration and it’s no different than carrying a placard or something else of that nature,” he said.

Democratic leaders in the House were also weighing whether to reassess how they interpreted current rules on openly carried guns in the chamber’s public gallery. Those rules include prohibitions on applause and other forms of demonstration.

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