Some States Weigh Allowing More Guns in Courthouses

At a time of budget cuts affecting courthouse security in some states, bills to allow the carrying of more firearms into courthouses have advanced in six states, Gavel to Gavel reports.

These bills have advanced in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming. They vary in their detail, and in Georgia, the House has passed its legislation over the opposition of judges.

The Georgia measure “would effectively allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry into a courthouse UNLESS the court provided security screening at the doorway,” according to Gavel to Gavel. It is a publication of the National Center for State Courts, a Justice at Stake partner group.

In February, shootings at or near courthouses in Delaware and South Carolina heightened awareness and concern over threats to court security (see Gavel Grab).

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