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Boseman proposes bill to allow district attorneys to carry concealed weapons in court

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Right now, the only people who can carry weapons into a courtroom are sheriff deputies and judges, but new legislation could change that. Senator Julia Boseman has proposed a bill to allow assistant district attorneys to carry concealed weapons into court. More than three years ago, an Atlanta, Georgia rape trial turned deadly. The accused rapist allegedly assaulted a deputy, stole her gun, and shot and killed the judge, court reporter and another deputy. Pender County Assistant District Attorney Joseph Carroll said, "After that happened, my wife wanted me to quit my job as an ADA, and I told her I wouldn't but I started thinking seriously about ways to protect myself." Pender County DA Joseph Bowman spoke with State Senator Julia Boseman about his concerns. Wednesday, she proposed a bill that would allow district attorneys to carry a concealed weapon into the courthouse. "It came at the request of an ADA who does a lot of prosecuting of domestic violence, I think he's been threatened on more than one occasion,” said Boseman. Although it may sound like a good idea, it raises concerns that what happened in Atlanta, could happen here. Judge Rebecca Blackmore noted, "One of the great concerns about having someone come into the courthouse with a concealed weapon is someone else could take it from them, and harm others." New Hanover County Courthouse has metal detectors as you walk through the front door. New Hanover District Attorney Ben David said, "In the event that this does become law, I will ensure that my ADA's are trained to properly operate firearms, before they are permitted to carry them in this courthouse." This proposal is still in the beginning stages. It still has a ways to go if it's going to be passed.

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DA is no better than the rest of us

If the Deputies can't protect the assistant DA then we should assume the Deputies can't protect the witnesses or the 12 jury members or the others in the court room. The DA is no better than the rest of us. If DA doesn't feel secure with the deputies he works beside in the court room day in day out how should the rest us feel about our security when we enter the court room. If the Deputies can't protect the DA then they can't protect the rest of us Mrs. Boseman!

If the Deputies can't

If the Deputies can't protect the assistant DA then we should assume the Deputies can't protect the witnesses or the 12 jury members or the others in the court room. The DA is no better than the rest of us. If DA doesn't feel secure with the deputies he works beside in the court room day in day out how should the rest us feel about our security when we enter the court room. If the Deputies can't protect the DA then they can't protect the rest of us Mrs. Boseman!

CCW permits are good

This is ADA Bowman. I have a CCW permit that allows me to carry everywhere except at work. (A CCW permit does not allow you carry after drinking, at a school, parade or a bar.) The problem is that I don't work in courtroom behind metal detectors and surrounded by armed officers. I work in a small country courthouse, like many other ADAs, with little to no security. Most smaller counties can't afford metal detectors, or to pay someone to staff them. I'm not asking them too, just to let me protect myself. The judges are already allowed to carry CCW, once they get a normal CCW permit since the law changed in 2007. I just want the same ability to lawfully protect myself, especially when I am walking to my car at night after leaving the courtroom and the officers. I believe that our female ADAs that specialize in prosecuting rapists and child molesters are especially at risk. The police, troopers and deputies do a great job, but they can't be everywhere all the time.

Bowman is a whiner

Why should your right superseed mine. Yeah you might be prosecutor but I might be a witness or juror whose life is equally as valueble and maybe just as at risk of attack. "(A CCW permit does not allow you carry after drinking, at a school, parade or a bar.) " What does that mean, you want a gun when you are drunk? Why carry a gun that a criminal can take from you and use against you in court?

Get your fact correct

So when city police officers and highway patrol officers come in to court with their side arms they are breaking the law? Try to report facts wway.

This isn't necessarily a

This isn't necessarily a response to you as much as it is for everyone else... LEO are allowed to carry their weapons anywhere as long as they are acting under the duties of their job. Going to court counts as part of their job so they would be allowed to carry in court

RE BABIES , TAKE YOUR OWN

RE BABIES , TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE YOUR THE ONE WHOM NEEDS IT I KNOW YOUR TYPE YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ,PERSONALLY IF I WAS A CRIMINAL I WOULD LOOK FOR SIGNS OF A CONCEALED WEAPON AND IF IT WAS STRAPED ON HIS ANKLE WHEN HE SAT DOWN IN THE COURT ROOM AND HIS PANT LEG ARCHED UP I WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE IT AND THEN I WOULD PLAN MY ATTACK ,HELLO KNOCK KNOCK ANY ONE HOME YEAH ME BULLET HEAD

Brush up on your reading skills

Babies, you really should read twice to make sure you understand whats being talking about before you open your mouth. The Key word in this article is "CONCEAL". What they are referring to is like a ankle holster with a snub nose. They are certainly not discussing giving the DA a side arm.

They are called Bailiffs

The dangers in the courtroom are not specific to the officers of the court. As the spouse of a defense attorney, I know all too well the dangers associated with trying cases in the courts. When individuals have found themselves in court to defend charges of alleged criminal deeds, they are under an extreme amount of stress that sometimes lead to erratic behaviors. The court system provides a group of trained, armed individuals called Bailiffs. These individuals, as part of the Sheriff’s Department, are the ones that should be, and are, armed. Adding additional guns to the situation can only add to the possibility of violence and of tragic consequences. Ms. Boseman needs to consider the potential powder keg that would be created in a courtroom if all of the officers of the court were armed.

DA's carry guns?

What are the deputies in the corutroom for? They have guns. Why have a DA sitting next to a criminal as the DA eyes the jury the criinal swipes the DA's gun and shoots everyone in the courtroom. if the DA needs a gun outside the courtroom then let him got get a carry conseal permit like the rest of us. Is his job really any dangerous than a cab driver or a convenience store clerk? What a waste of time trying to push this thru, good luck Julia, I hope you paid your debt now.