The Senate approved a measure Monday to provide further protections for the state's courthouses by allowing judges to carry firearms while on the job. Senator Brian Crain is author of Senate Bill 145, which would allow for the carrying and use of weapons in courtrooms by district, associate district and special district judges.
"I'm pleased that this bill has made it past another hurdle, and I hope that the House will pass it quickly as well so we can get it to the Governor's desk," said Crain, R-Tulsa. "Some of the most dangerous people in society are in our courthouses, and this bill will help ensure the safety of those buildings and everyone in them."
The measure provides that the Administrative Director of the Courts would maintain a list of judges who would fall under the blanket of the new law. Judges would also be required to obtain a self-defense license before carrying a concealed weapon into their courtroom.
The measure now moves to the House for consideration.