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No guns allowed in House gallery Tuesday

SANTA FE — Leave your firearms and pocketknives at home Tuesday if you’re hoping to watch Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first State of the State address in person.

State Police will prohibit audience members on Tuesday from taking weapons into the gallery that oversees the House floor, where lawmakers from both chambers will gather to hear the governor’s speech.

Weapons are still permitted in the rest of the Capitol, so if you can’t leave home without your rifle, you can still watch video of Lujan Grisham’s address in the overflow rooms on the third floor.

Legislative leaders had initially planned to ban weapons in the entire Capitol on the first day of the session, but they agreed Monday to narrow the prohibition to just the House gallery.

The session begins at noon Tuesday, and the governor will make her speech shortly after that.

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