Firearms in courtrooms
This is a discussion on Firearms in courtrooms within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by mcp1810
In Maryland, other than in federal courts the only times I saw officers disarm was when they were defendants or for ...
May 20th, 2012 09:47 AM
Which Makes TOTAL Sense . . .
There was a retired state trooper in CT a few years back, right after the divorce proceedings he met the ex outside (parking garage?) and shot her then himself.
Originally Posted by mcp1810
May 21st, 2012 01:23 PM
yep, differences all over the country
In Texas LEOs can carry into courts, except the federal provisions, whether in uniform or plain clothes
while off-duty in plain clothes Judge may not allow it if you are there on a personal matter (family member's proceeding's etc)
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If loose gun laws are good for criminals why do criminals support gun control?
May 21st, 2012 09:22 PM
As hotdogs said, in Arkansas LEO's don't have to disarm in court. There is one exception: If we are appearing in court for reasons other than our official capacity we are required to disarm by law.
When I went to the federal building in Little Rock I was required to disarm despite being there on official duty.
May 22nd, 2012 06:53 PM
In most cases in Florida I believe the judge has to final say.
May 28th, 2012 03:13 AM
Throughout my career in New Mexico we were never allowed to carry in District Court (Only the local Sheriff's Deputies). Municipal and Magistrate never
stopped us though. Carry in Federal Court was also a no no.
May 30th, 2012 12:43 PM
According to my employer's policy on being armed, at any courthouse below the federal level, we are to comply with the judge's wishes. (Large PD in SE Texas.) In municipal and county courts in several counties in SE Texas, I have only been asked to check my firearm twice, in 28 years, and that was at the individual courtroom, not at the courthouse entrance. I know that I would be required to check-in my firearm at the federal courthouse, but have yet to need to appear there as a witness.
May 30th, 2012 02:22 PM
Where I live judges can basically dictate inside the court house. If they don't want something present, their desires carry the weight of law. We also have laws on the books restricting firearms in courthouses, but again, the word of the judges trump all inside those buildings.
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