Visitors to City Hall who want a word with Mayor Jim Gray will first have to open their bags or briefcases for inspection and walk through a metal detector.
The security measures were put into place Monday, but Bob Ramsey, commissioner of general services, said they had been planned before the Arizona shooting on Saturday that killed six and severely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The metal detector, which the city bought in 2008, is being used because Gray moved the mayor's office from the 12th floor to the first floor ballroom, immediately off the front lobby.
With the mayor and his staff in full view through glass doors, "we knew we needed to do something to control access," Ramsey said.
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