Prosecutors call on Capitol for protection

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2012 - 11:05 AM

Courthouse shooting is cited in push to be armed while on job.

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elmojayJan. 26, 1210:39 PM

As usual, the Legislature will opt for the emotional, after-the-fact, knee-jerk reaction with a solution that doesn't cost anything and doesn't accomplish anything, but makes a few people feel good. The problem is not that there aren't enough gun-toting prosecutors, the problem is that the Legislature doesn't want to keep the guns in existence away from the people that should not have them and the the Legislature does not want to pay for security in Courthouses, just like the Legislature doesn't want to pay for police to enforce the laws, prosecutors to prosecute, judges to hear cases, public defenders, probation officers, jails, prisons, and parole officers. They are way too busy trying to figure out how they can subsidize billionaire sports-team owners and their millionaire athletes.

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freedumb86Jan. 26, 1211:12 PM

This should prevent what happened in the past and solve the problem with present day violence.

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barneson1Jan. 27, 12 8:26 AM

The prosecutor carry bill would give county attorneys and their assistants the same carry rights as public defenders, court administration personnel, and the private bar. No more. No less.

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jimtribuneJan. 27, 12 9:07 AM

We already have the conceal-carry law. If prosecutors want to carry a gun, they should get their permit like the rest of us then let the judge decide on a case by case basis. This is textbook knee-jerk, look tough on crime legislation.

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jackpinesavJan. 27, 12 9:18 AM

This will not fix the problem. Lax internal procedures in Cook Co allowed defendent, after being convicted, to go to his vehicle and return with weapon. Mayberry RFD ! Secure courtrooms with searches prior to entry; do NOT put more guns in the room held by untrained people. Too much TV for conservation officer Cornish.

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barneson1Jan. 27, 12 9:53 AM

The prosecutor carry bill does not give prosecutors any special rights. They will still need to get a carry permit, just like everybody else.

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furguson11Jan. 27, 12 9:58 AM

Can anyone tell me if there is an actual system in place to take away guns and permits from people convicted who are not allowed to have either? I bet not... more laws are not going to fix this.

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barneson1Jan. 27, 1210:07 AM

The prosecutor carry bill is about persoanl safety, not courthouse security. It would not give prosecutors special rights. It would give prosecutors the same gun rights as other attorneys and the general public. No more. No less. Below are links to a couple editorials about the issue. http://mankatofreepress.com/editorials/x1477833167/Our-View-Gun-law-leaves-prosecutors-vulnerable http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/527356/County-attorneys-are-citizens--too.html?nav=5011

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rkn55811Jan. 27, 1210:19 AM

Taurus still manufactures a five shot revolver called the "Raging Judge". I predict brisk sales.

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furguson11Jan. 27, 1210:21 AM

The prosecutors fear is real, but not grounded in fact. How about we focus on helping 2 year olds that get shot while they are running to hide from gunfire in North Minneapolis? Where is the action there?

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