Contract security guards at federal buildings across the country would be able to carry firearms and detain people, under legislation making its way through the House.
The legislation, passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee May 20, would give the Federal Protective Service the ability to let private security contractors working for the agency carry firearms in federal buildings regardless of state laws. Right now, the agency follows state laws regarding firearms.
The bill also gives security guards the right to detain people without a warrant if they see them breaking the law or if the guard has reasonable grounds to believe they have broken the law
While the Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2015 mostly deals with reforming federal real estate and leasing management, the bill also includes several provisions related to FPS, which guards General Services Administration buildings across the country.
The provisions help FPS address regional issues in managing its workforce, according to the office of Rep. Andre Carson, who put the provision into a larger bill reforming the federal leasing process.