Metal Detectors Going Up at County Buildings

Stopping by the local government center will now be a little less like dropping by to see local public servants and a little more like getting on a commercial plane—and leave the throwing stars at home.

Loudoun County is installing metal detectors and security screening for visitors to three of its buildings over the next few weeks, including the Government Center and Shenandoah Office Building in Leesburg and the Eastern Loudoun Service Center in Sterling.

However, the screening at the county building is promised to be less onerous than at the courthouse or airport. The county has announced it will be touchless, pass-through screening with no need to empty pockets or bags, safe to use with medical devices, and wheelchair accessible.

Supervisors approved the new screening in March alongside a new county ordinance prohibiting firearms inside county buildings. In addition to guns, the county now prohibits other weapons such as knives with blades over three inches, bats and batons, or martial arts weapons such as throwing stars and darts.

The screening equipment will be operated by private, contracted security in uniform. Screening is scheduled to begin this week at the county government center in Leesburg, Nov. 10 at the Eastern Loudoun Service Center on Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, and Nov. 17 at the Shenandoah Building on Heritage Way in Leesburg. Each of those will also involve closing some entrances previously accessible to the public.

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13 thoughts on “Metal Detectors Going Up at County Buildings

  • 2021-10-27 at 2:26 pm

    Ah yes, Keep those dastardly ninja’s and their throwing stars out. BoS never fails to disappoint in their clown show world view.

  • 2021-10-27 at 2:34 pm

    Will LoCo employees be going through these protocols?

    Why doesn’t LoudounNow ever report the costs of the new “programs,” especially when they are totally unnecessary wastes of taxpayer money?

  • 2021-10-27 at 2:40 pm

    I think heightened security in Loudoun is a very good idea, especially for the school board. The viciousness expressed at last night’s meeting was very distressing. Haters have descended upon Loudoun. I’ve been called a pedophile, an N-lover & threatened with violence if spotted at the administration building’s parking lot. Critics of LCPS leadership are throwing as much mud as possible, hoping something will stick. I grieve for the school board members backed by the Democratic Party. They’ve been singled out for extreme abuse. The critics are even vilifying the late Leslee King in death. I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with them.

    • 2021-10-27 at 5:14 pm

      “I’ve been called a pedophile, an N-lover & threatened with violence if spotted at the administration building’s parking lot.”

      Dates and times this happened to you. Prove it. Where are the police reports? Let’s see ’em. Otherwise, you’re a fraud.

    • 2021-10-28 at 3:20 am

      LOL! I’ll take “Things That Never Happened” for $1000, Alex.

      • 2021-10-28 at 3:21 am

        One cut at a time, these fascists will get what they want. And now the next mass shooter knows where to go to find defenseless targets.

    • 2021-10-28 at 2:41 pm

      I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the percentage of Trump lemmings in the crowd shouting at School Board members is close to 90% or so.

    • 2021-10-28 at 3:40 pm

      What County do you live in? The BOS and LCPS have made bad decisions and the citizens don;t agree with them. If they made decisions that reflected what the citizens of Loudoun want they would not be in this position. This is nothing more than a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  • 2021-10-27 at 3:58 pm

    Funny how Democrats say you don’t need a gun for protection or call to defund the police, but Democrats are more than willing to pay for more security for themselves. Hypocrites!

  • 2021-10-27 at 11:29 pm

    Yet another brick in the wall to help build the liberal narrative that we need to be protected from domestic terrorists, haters and any parents who aren’t onboard with leftist worldview training for their kids. We know they’re out there because people like Jussie Smollett and timsmith are constantly being attacked by these scary people. Meanwhile, those of us who who DON’T work for the government don’t need a safe space. We just need to pay for it for our virtuous school board.

  • 2021-10-29 at 6:43 pm

    Yep…that’ll stop anyone wanting to shoot up a County Building. Sarc/

    An entrance with metal detectors to the U.S. Capitol didn’t stop a shooting years ago. A crazed nut is a crazed nut.

  • 2021-10-30 at 7:01 am

    As long as the metal detectors keep Ziegler and school board members from entering county buildings, I will support the installations. THAT is the threat to all of us.
    Radical, porn supporting members of the school board, better know to the world as the Loudoun County Clown Show.

    Ziegler lied and another student was physically assaulted in the girls bathroom.

    Oh, and the boy wearing a skirt was convicted in court last week!

    Pathetic “leadership”.

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