DPS bans items from Capitol it considers security threats during protests


The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it was banning the public from bringing at least 20 items – including crow bars and liquid-filled balloons – onto the state Capitol grounds to bolster safety during protests.

The ban, which takes effect immediately, sought to prevent the appearance of “any item manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of preparing a person to engage in physical combat,” the agency said in a statement.

DPS is the state agency authorized to provide security over the Capitol Complex. The new rules ban anyone but law enforcement officers from bringing the following items onto the Capitol grounds: 

  • Unlicensed firearms and other unauthorized deadly weapons
  • Improvised items used to lock a person to another person or object
  • Metal signs
  • Metal, plastic, and wood objects more than a foot long
  • Sticks or other objects with protruding nails
  • Balloons not filled with air, oxygen or helium
  • Bricks, stones or rocks 
  • Projectile launchers, including water cannons
  • Spray paint cans
  • Gas masks or similar equipment
  • Glass bottles
  • Hammers
  • Crow bars
  • Toxic fluid, gas or solids in any container
  • Improvised shields
  • Helmets
  • Drones
  • Pepper spray
  • Stun guns
  • Open flame torches


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