A bill passed the House Wednesday that would
allow trial court judges to bring their guns to work if they have
concealed weapons permits.
The measure was sought by some judges who want protection from
vengeful defendants or family members or as they enter or leave
courthouses. Supporters have said a judge can be vulnerable if an
armed bailiff leaves the room.
Courthouses now bar concealed weapons. Supporters referred to
the 2005 slaying of a judge and three others in an Atlanta
courthouse as proof of the danger that the state's District and
Superior Court judges can face.
But several legislators said letting judges wear a gun under
their robes make courtrooms less safe.