Durham Judge Keeps Gun in Court


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Bruce333
April 18, 2007, 08:50 PM
Do as I say, not as I do...:uhoh:

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1279604/
Durham Judge Keeps Gun in Court, Law May Make it Legal

Posted: 58 minutes ago
Updated: 29 minutes ago

Durham — The “No Concealed Handguns” sign on the courthouse door in Durham doesn’t stop Judge David LaBarre from keeping a gun behind the bench.

“I have a little derringer, five-shot derringer,” said the judge, who presides over Domestic Violence Court.

LaBarre has a permit for the gun, but he is breaking the law by having it in the courtroom, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

But sheriff’s officials said they have no intention of telling him it’s illegal, because it’s his courtroom.

The gun-toting judge might not be breaking the law for long. State lawmakers met Wednesday to debate legislation that would allow judges to carry concealed handguns in the courtroom.

As of late Wednesday, House members were one step away from approving the bill and sending it to the Senate.

Rep. Walter G. Church, Sr., D-Burke, is one of the bill's sponsors.

“This is more of a security measure,” he said.

While LeBarre has never fired the gun in the courtroom, he said he has felt threatened occasionally.

In Northampton County last year, a defendant grabbed a deputy’s gun. He shot a deputy before an officer shot and killed him. But would judges having guns improve courthouse security?

“Not necessarily,” LeBarre said, but, “It might improve my own security.”

* Reporter: Scott Mason
* Photographer: Robert Meikle
* Web Editor: Kelly Hinchcliffe

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NukemJim
April 18, 2007, 10:41 PM
I have a little derringer, five-shot derringer :confused:

Never heard of any modern "derringer" having more than 2 shots unless you count the .357COP handgun and that only had 4.

Confused

NukemJim

mdao
April 18, 2007, 10:45 PM
I'm guessing the NAA minis. They're modern derringers.

ArchAngelCD
April 18, 2007, 10:58 PM
The LM4 and LM5 Derringer's both have a 5 shot capacity.
http://www.amderringer.com/lms.html

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