Monday, September 23, 2013

Bannock County Judge Says Courthouse Security Was 'Illegal'

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

An eastern Idaho judge says he has the final say, not a metal detector, on whether weapons can pass through security at the Bannock County Courthouse.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Sixth District Judge Stephen Dunn indicated the metal detectors, which have been in place since 1997, are illegal at the courthouse absent a formal rule. That's why he said he was crafting an administrative order prohibiting "any firearm, pistol or revolver of any kind, any knife exceeding two and a half inches in length, any explosives or explosive device, incendiary device, ammunition, Taser or related device, pepper spray or any related substance, without prior written approval." On-duty police officers and court marshals would be excluded.

Dunn said only his administrative order would codify the courthouse ban.

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