March 7, 2016 § 20 Comments
After the legislature made it legal a couple of years ago to carry firearms in courthouses, except for courtrooms, some judges reacted by extending the protection of the courtroom out into external areas.
Now the legislature is responding with an amendment to HB 571, which has passed the House and is on the way to the Senate. It limits the definition of courtroom to ” … the actual room in which a judicial proceeding occurs, including any jury room, witness room, judge’s chamber, office housing the judge’s staff, or similar room” The law specifically allows firearms in ” … hallways, courtroom entrances, courthouse grounds, lobbies, corridors, or other areas within a courthouse which are generally open to the public for the transaction of business outside of an active judicial proceeding.”
If you agree this is good policy, then you may do nothing and see whether the Senate concurs.
If, however, you wonder what effect this will have on the safety of litigants involved in heated domestic matters who have to wait their turn in the hallways and corridors of our outdated and crowded courthouses, then you might consider contacting your Senator(s).