I was a Fire Marshal in D.C. and often worked with the Secret Service. I never had to go through the metal detectors. Through many State of the Union messges etc. I guess they had my clearances down pat. Whenever they asked me if I was "carrying" they would just assign me the approiate lapel pin. I won't tell you what that was but, I can tell you that the Secet Service are the most dedicated and professional people I've ever worked with. They have no problem with citizens being arned. (providing they know who they are) Kudos to the SS They do a great job, and get little recognition!