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Juror Jailed for Bringing Gun to Court

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by TBO, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. mdsn969


    Apr 15, 2011
    It still surprises me how few people know their local laws concerning CCW :shocked:

  2. Misty02


    Aug 25, 2008
    From the article I can’t tell if she has a carry license or not, then again as it is mentioned in it, it is a moot point.

    My inclination would be to give people the benefit of the doubt when they are out of state and carry places where their state would normally allow. It’s not right, but I can kind of understand it...... but a courtroom? geeezzzz Isn’t that one prohibited everywhere?

  3. jeffyjeff

    jeffyjeff awesome sauce

    Aug 18, 2010
    in some places, the court houses have secure lockup so you can check a gun in if you have to go into the building. in other places, it's a crime just to walk in the front door and ask.

    personally, i think if they're going to prohibit guns in those buildings, they should have to provide a means to secure your weapon while you're inside.
  4. pipedreams

    pipedreams Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    S. E. Iowa
    This is my thinking out of state or in state. Normal law abiding citizens that have no intentions of committing crimes should be given a stern warning and sent on their way. You can't fix stupid but do they deserve a criminal record. A good example is the medical student that got in trouble in NYC will most likely never be able to become a doctor. Is that what we want, and we wonder why some people are so anti LE. This reminds me of the zero tolerance policies in schools where no common sense is applied and we wonder what is happening to our country.
  5. Misty02


    Aug 25, 2008
    That is true, I’ve read about it here often. I guess if they have metal detectors, then just tell the person they can’t go in armed and must leave it in the locker. In absence of metal detectors though, the person would have to be the one that initiates contact and requests the firearm be kept in a locker while they go inside.

    In this particular case deputies spotted it during the screening process, she was still in the lobby/foyer; why not tell her she can’t go in with it?

  6. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    This X 1,000!

    Seriously, it's the responsibility of each person that carries a firearm to be up to date on the law and understand it fully before hand.

  7. Misty02


    Aug 25, 2008
    Do all judges, lawyers, police officers and any others entrusted to enforce the law know all the laws? Do you know all the laws? I know I don’t. I know a few and pray that using common sense without ever consciously trying to harm another is sufficient to keep me out of trouble……. but is it really?

    Before I had a license to carry I used to have a full size kitchen knife in my vehicle and a pocket knife in my purse for utility purposes (opening packages, cutting thing, etc.). I didn’t know it then (and I wouldn’t know it now if it wasn’t for a local forum I participate in) but in spite preemption for firearms, there is none in my state for knives. Each county/city code must be carefully reviewed as they vary. I still carry a pocket knife and make sure that is never longer than 2 inches, because I don’t know all the various county/city codes that exist and I don’t want to put my license at risk. I don’t even carry a knife for self-defense; it is just to cut every-day stuff. I’ve used it often and lent it to other people for the same purpose.

    I too am one of those people that don’t know all the laws in my state about everything. If it wasn’t because I started carrying so late in life and I’ve zeroed in firearm laws by being a member in two forums, GT being the general one and another dealing specifically with local laws, I wouldn’t know what I know today either.

    In Florida, the average non-licensed to carry firearm owner that lives in a condo may not know they can’t step outside their unit and into common grounds armed to check out a disturbance. They can do so as part of the trip when they bought their firearm, to take it for repair, to go to the range and a few other instances, but not for other reasons. Where single dwellings are concerned, they may not know that if their neighbor is in trouble they can’t cross past their property line armed to help.

    When I’m not sure, I exaggerate whatever I know, just to be on the safe side. That is the case nearly daily when I pick up my grandson in school. I believe I’m safe in that indentation they made on the sidewalk so people can park without blocking traffic; however, my confidence level in that kind of interpretation is not high enough, so I just park across the street (just in case). There is what appears to be a private street (I’m not sure) separating the school and the parking lot. I don’t know for sure if that separated parking lot would constitute “any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building” so I stay clear from it, to be on the safe side. I exaggerate other measures often because I don’t know for sure.

    So my question, are you and all others here so above average that you all fully understand the law before hand? Is it possible that most of us are just trying to do the best we can with what we know but it is still possible we’ll make headlines one day?

  8. Caver 60

    Caver 60

    Jun 12, 2007
    You got that right. Best thing our legislators could do is repeal a bunch of the stupid laws we have.

    And quit making so many things felonies. Somebody posted the other day that failure to wear glasses, when there is a drivers license restriction for glasses, is a felony in their state.

    Good grief.
  9. Atomic Punk

    Atomic Punk

    Mar 11, 2008
    washington state.

    i usually have my gun with me when i go to the local courthouse. they have metal detectors and officers at every entrance also. i just go in the back door where they have the firearm lockup. tell them i am carrying and put it in a locker which they lock up and give me a brass claim tag.
    they usually say thank you. last time had a short chat with one of them asking about my gun and how often i train.
  10. Lior


    Jul 23, 2004
    Like crossing a state line, entering a building should not be a felony.
  11. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    I got dimissed from jury duty for bringing a reloading manual to court.

    Works everytime (make sure they see it early so you are out by lunchtime). :supergrin:
  12. HoldHard


    Nov 28, 2008
    Motor City 'burbs
    I'll have to remember that one....

  13. auto-5


    Nov 13, 2011
    American Rifleman works too.
  14. pizza_pablo

    pizza_pablo USN Retired

    Oct 23, 2009
    I feel this way about my workplace.
    I work on a US Navy base. Gun are STRICTLY prohibited. We have MUCH base security, so I don't feel unprotected while at work.
    However, I drive 30 miles to and from. I don't neccessarily feel in danger, during my commute, but I don't plan on having a flat tire, either, but always have a spare tire, in my trunk.
    When I was stationed at NAS Jacksonville, FL (circa 1992), there were actually gun lockers, just outside the main gate, at the security/ Pass & ID office.
    I don't see why there cannot be lockers for CCW guns at all bases, or all workplaces, that have restrictions, for that matter. If for no other, additional argument, it would give a couple folks a job, in manning the gun locker room.
    OK, stepping off soapbox :soap:
  15. rjflyn


    May 29, 2007
    Der ta Der, every court house i've been to in the last 10 years has been clearly posted at the door- no firearms, some even post no cell phones, cameras and smoking. And I forgot it dont fly.
  16. Rally Vincent

    Rally Vincent Bipolar

    Feb 16, 2003
    The Bar.
    Good. That individual is obviously an idiot.
  17. Fact is nobody knows all the laws, that includes cops, judges and lawyers. There are WAY too many laws. This woman should have been smarter, but that said, in some states courthouses have a place to check your firearm in, like in PA, common practice in the bitter clinger state.

    It really surprises me how hard Texas comes down on people who walk into a courthouse with a gun, maybe she thought she could check her firearm in? Perhaps she previously lived in a state where that was common practice.
  18. trashcat


    Mar 10, 2009
    This is a bit strange coming from Texas, ccw to jury duty bad, ccw to the capitol building and you get to use the express entrance.