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How do I handle this situation?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by mugsie, May 1, 2007.

  1. mugsie

    mugsie Active Member

    May 8, 2006
    OK - here's the situation. I have a CCW. I also have a jury notice. Now, what do I do? The courthouse, for obvious reasons, is in a terrible part of town. It's located in an area that caused me to get the CCW to begin with. Parking at best is terrible and at worst it's a couple of blocks walk. Courthouses do not allow concealed carry. Leaving it in the car is nuts because I can't be sure the car will be there when I leave! So, short of trying to get out of jury duty (let's see, once I said they wouldn't be here if they weren't guilty - dismissed, and another time it was a homicide by a gang member and I said, look at him, do I look like his peer - dismissed! I did serve on two other occasions and both settled prior to the trial.) how do I handle the situation? From what I can see I guess I need to go unarmed. Any of you run into this problem? How did you handle it?
    Thanks guys....
  2. another okie

    another okie Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Well, you could take a taxi or have an armed friend drop you off (and maybe hold your pistol for you). Or find a business near the courthouse that would store your piece for you. I suppose in some counties in some states the deputies might agree to store it for you during your time in the courthouse.

    Absent one of those choices I guess you'll either have to leave it in the car or not take it with you. Sometimes not all the choices are good.
  3. Struckin Fuggle

    Struckin Fuggle New Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    Call the courthouse and ask ... I'm betting, right inside the front door, they have a security checkpoint w/ metal detector. It's likely you can make arrangements to check it in with an officer and retrieve it when you leave.
  4. Hogfan1911

    Hogfan1911 New Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Central Arkansas
    Why, you shouldn't be carrying a gun at all! That's what bodyguards are for, silly! Sincerely, Rosie :rolleyes:
  5. Damien45

    Damien45 Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    Peoples Republic of Monterey, CA

    If that doesn't work, then you could keep it in the car and park in a public garage.
  6. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    I think most corthouses will store the gun for you while inside. I've also heard horror stories about violations of the 4 rules by the checkpoint people taking the weapon...
    If they aren't willing to do that say you aren't willing to go unarmed and defenseless. Maybe you'll get out of it again. It's not like a shooting has ever taken place at or near a courthouse...HA! :p
  7. Aguila Blanca

    Aguila Blanca Participating Member

    Sep 1, 2006
  8. Legion1776

    Legion1776 New Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    I checked the little box that excuses you if you are a member of the clergy.
  9. AK103K

    AK103K Mentor

    Dec 27, 2002
    I had federal jury duty a few years back. I called and ask what the procedure was and they said to show my permit and license at the check point and they would provide a lock box.

    The first day, i waited in the long line until it was my turn and they directed me to another marshal off to the side. He checked my "papers" and then told me to place my gun and reload, and anything else that was "prohibited" in the courthouse in the lock box and come back to him. He swept me with a wand, kept my permit, which was returned when I turned in the key, I kept the key.

    The next day, I didnt have to wait in line, just walk up front and show my permit. No questions, no hassles.

    Our local county courthouse also has a "security booth" where you do the same. Just like the federal court house, your the only one to handle your weapon, and they would prefer you dont unholster the gun, just remove the holster.

    A big advantage here is, you dont need to leave your phone, knives, etc in the car, or with someone else, it all goes in the box with your gun.
  10. Tom Bri

    Tom Bri Member

    Apr 10, 2003
    Rockford Illinois
    Many years ago I had to stop by the courthouse on the way to the range. I just handed my bag to the cop at the metal detector and told him there was a gun inside. He held it for me till I got out. No problem, but this was in small town Florida.
  11. Hillsideblue

    Hillsideblue New Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Most Courthouses will have a lock box............Just make sure you call the Sheriff in advance to get instructions............NEVER leave a handgun in your car......Not for any reason..............
    Picture a 15 year old stealing your car and killing himself with YOUR gun.........
    You'll never sleep again !!
  12. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Participating Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Under a rock somewhere
    Call the courthouse and ask. I left work one day, while I didn't have a firearm I did have my knife with pocket clip that I always carry and my Gerber Multitool on my belt. I forgot to leave them in the car and walked into the main Court Building in White Plains (Office of the Attorney General and the like, major, major building)

    No line at the security booth, went to get my wallet for ID and... Uh oh. I got nervous I'll admit, looked at the court officer and told him

    "Sorry sir, I forgot to leave some of the prohibited items in the car"

    I was expecting to be lead off in handcuffs but was pleasently surprised

    "No problem, drop them here in this basket, we'll hold onto them, give you a receipt, claim them when you leave"

    As I was removing the belt and the shoes I overheard a guy who had just come in behind me

    "I called earlier about coming in?"

    "Oh right, your the bail bondsmen. We have a locker room with some lock boxes we can hold your things in until your done with your buisiness"

    The way they handled everything really surprised me. I'd suggest call and ask just in case. They may make arrangements or tell you what you can do. But don't leave it in the car. A smash and grab robbery is too much temptation, you're car might be there but the stereo, wheels, center console and glovebox contents might not be. It was a big thing around here for awhile. Run up to a car, smash in the window, grab everything, get out of there. They would go through the stuff later and find out what was worth something.

    Good luck
  13. markk

    markk Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    NE Florida
    How is that any different from him killing himself in an accident with YOUR car...
  14. Bubbles

    Bubbles Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
    I know in Virginia the courthouses have lockboxes prior to the security checkpoint. Very convenient.

    Also, before you serve on a jury ... FIJA - Interesting Reading.
  15. WeThePeople

    WeThePeople Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Maybe I'm crass, but if someone (I don't care if they are 15 or 45) steals my car and gun, and gets killed in the process, I'm not going to loose one wink of sleep. Most of the world has forgotten that being a criminal is RISKY. If a person undertakes a crime, they accept the risk.
  16. PennsyPlinker

    PennsyPlinker Active Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    I've had occasion to visit our county courthouse armed. I simply told the guard working the metal detector that I had a concealed carry permit and I was carrying. He got all excited, turned to his fellow officer and exclaimed,

    "He's got a gun! :eek: What do we do? What do we do!?!"

    "Take it away from him."

    The first guy calmed down and gave me a form to fill out. I produced my gun, cleared it, and handed it over to him. He locked it in an individual locker (there was a whole wall of them) and gave me a receipt for it. I went about my busniess, and picked it up on the way out.
  17. hotpig

    hotpig Active Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    SW Illinois St Louis metro east
    You guys are lucky to get jury duty. I would love to do it. I live in a rural County. I'm dismissed before I show up.

    If I make it into the building I get sent home because I socialize with the Judge, help of the Prosecutor's election campaign, I supply guns and ammo to the arresting officer, and the dirt bags public defender is my wife's ex husband.

    Maybe one day I will be able to catch a Federal trial.
  18. Notch

    Notch Member

    Sep 29, 2004
    Most courthouses will not allow you to check your gun (in these parts).They dont even want you in the breezeway with one. The best thing about jury duty is it gives you a chance to see how messed up the judicial system is... Pomp and circumstanse replacing action and common sense. My jury duty last fall consisted of sitting in on two trials both involving illegal aliens having commited crimes against other illegal aliens. That coupled with having to listen to the lowest form of life (lawyers) and the devils spawn ( judges) go on for hours makes for an interesting reason not to get paid for two weeks.

    Jury Nulification. Take the law back into your own hands!
  19. kellyj00

    kellyj00 Active Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    good luck to you on the jury duty thing.
    Are you a registered voter? I'm conducting a poll.
  20. Firethorn

    Firethorn Participating Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    My first thought on seeing the suicide post was 'I wouldn't mind that so much as if he used the gun to kill somebody else'.

    I don't mind the thief getting himself killed, deliberately or not. It's the innocent bystanders(or outright target) that I care about.

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