The sponsor of legislation to appoint Missouri House and Senate marshals to help provide security at the Statehouse in Jefferson City emphasizes this is a bipartisan issue. Joplin GOP State Representative Lane Roberts testifies that he would be disappointed if this were ever to become political:


Roberts is a former state Department of Public Safety (DPS) director. Under his bill, Missouri House and Senate marshals would be able to wear a concealable firearm and make arrests based upon state law.