The public gallery is visible above the Senate floor at upper right in the Capitol in Olympia in this photo from June. All firearms will be banned from the public galleries above the Washington Senate floor starting next session, even concealed weapons carried with a permit. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib issued the order, saying his goal is to create a safe environment in the chamber. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press file photo)

The public gallery is visible above the Senate floor at upper right in the Capitol in Olympia in this photo from June. All firearms will be banned from the public galleries above the Washington Senate floor starting next session, even concealed weapons carried with a permit. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib issued the order, saying his goal is to create a safe environment in the chamber. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press file photo)

Editorial: Barring firearms from Senate galleries right move

Legislative leaders should follow the lead of Lt. Gov. Habib and extend the ban to hearing rooms.

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