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Nashville, Tenn ---When you walk into Legislative Plaza you go through a metal detector.

The same isn't true of State Senators and Representatives.

Their security badges give them clearance to go through a gate that doesn't scan for anything.

Linda McFadyen-Ketchum says maybe it should.
"We have a gun culture and the public needs to know it.  this is not a safe place," said McFadyen-Ketchum.

McFadyen-Ketchum is part of the organization Moms Demand Action.

The group has been meeting with lawmakers on gun issues and fellow member Telisha Cobb says those conversations revealed something surprising recently.

 "He said many legislators have guns in here. They're all over the building," said Cobb.

Cobb says that talk with a State Representative lead the group to ask around and she says another Representative, Rick Womick, actually showed them his gun.

"We think we're in a gun free setting and someone puts a gun on their desk how would you feel as a mother," said Cobb.

Fox 17 News reached out to Representative Womick.

He says he only showed his holster and keeps his gun in the car.

Womick says even if he did have a gun though it's perfectly legal as he's a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

Members of law enforcement are allowed to carry guns at the Capitol.

"To my knowledge the people I know that are allowed to carry the guns and if they do, they are law enforcement officers," said Womick.

Not every lawmakers is so sure about that.

Nashville Representative Sherry Jones says she's never seen a gun at the Capitol but has heard rumors.

"There are rumors that there are members of the General Assembly that do carry guns here," said Jones.

McFadyen-Ketchum and Cobb both complained to the Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

Her office tells Fox 17 News it did remind Representatives of the Capitol's gun rules.