How many judges and lawyers carry guns?


May 18, 2005, 11:04 PM

Just wondering.

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May 18, 2005, 11:22 PM
Not at all sure but - I'll wager, all who wish to - in whatever state - will do - just that!!

Well, judges anyways! Lawyers probably not so easy.

As ever tho - it ain't what ya know - it's who ya know! ;)

May 19, 2005, 12:37 AM
More than you might think. A fair number of judges (if not most) are former prosecutors. Spend enough time doing it and a few folks will take a personal dislike to you.

The downside to the "secure" courthouses, as evidenced by the tragedy in Atlanta, is that most do not have any exception for attorneys or staff. Add in that many offices (incl. govt.) have strict "no firearm" policies and it's just not worth the hassle/risk to carryM-F/9-5.

May 19, 2005, 12:42 AM
I dont think we will ever know

May 19, 2005, 02:15 AM
Around here, I would say about half the Judges do. The two Judges I know personally both carry in their courtrooms.

El Tejon
May 19, 2005, 08:38 AM
You mean in the courthouse/room? Cannot carry here since 9/11 ('cause you know Tippecanoe County Indiana is high on AQT's priority list *sigh*).

I do, but I have carried a gun in public since 18 (before 18 could only carry on private land). And before 9/11 carried in court. One of the largest antique gun collectors in the nation is the city attorney here (and a Democrat). My gun club has many attorneys as members (active in highpower, skeet, cowboy, or like El Tejon, just gun nuts) and I have taught many private attorneys, DPAs and LEOs that work for the prosecutor's office to shoot/handle firearms.

Some judges have guns in the courtroom, some do not. In the more rural counties here the higher the probability. Have seen everything from snubnose .38s, 1911s, .357s, even one long gun (a shotgun).

May 19, 2005, 11:01 AM
I would wager that at least half of the lawyers I know and work with either went out and got a permit to carry, or at least keep one in their desk at the office. Ohio law being what it is, they can't carry with a permit into the courthouse or the county building where our office is located.

As for judges, there are three in my courthouse, and each has a revolver in office, and a revolver at the bench. There are three magistrates in the building, and one wears a Glock 26 in an ankle holster. Five other judges in the county, and another five magistrates. Don't know them well enough to know one way or the other.

As for prosecutors, well, in my office, I'm ashamed to say that only a few of us take advantage of the opportunity.

Father Knows Best
May 19, 2005, 12:50 PM
This lawyer carries as much as I can. Private attorneys can't carry in most courthouses or other government buildings, however, and I have the same problem as a lot of you -- my employer has a policy prohibiting firearms on company premises.

May 19, 2005, 01:23 PM
When I first became a prosecutor (1993) up in the Four Corners, they issued me a badge and asked me if I wanted a gun. :) I said, "What kind?," and the investigator said, "Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 special." I said, "Naw, I'll stick with my 1911."

Wound up on the Sheriff's shooting team. :)

I'd say a decent number of NM magistrate judges carry - probably at least 3/4 of them. Of the lawyer judges, probably somewhat less than that, but around 1/4.

We just gave a class not too long ago for lawyers and judges only. Had an appeals court judge, a couple of district court judges, and a federal judge in the class, and a whole passel of lawyers. One was a gal who'd never shot before I introduced her to the sport this spring - and now she's on her way to being licensed to carry. :)

Art Eatman
May 19, 2005, 04:48 PM
Dunno if he carries a handgun in the courtroom (I'd not be surprised if he did so) but I know one once-lawyer/now-judge that paid $740 + tax for his Thompson full-auto. Probably, after 25 years, he knows how to use it as a home-defense critter. :)

But I won't say which Austin-area judge...

:D, Art

May 19, 2005, 09:46 PM
Personally know of three judges who pack firearms at their benches and on person. One of them keeps a 14" pump gun with #4 buckshot beneath his bench. He also has a damned nice Ed Brown 1911 that he shoots circles around folks with.

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