Franken Courthouse Security Act 08 Feb 12

Senator Al Franken is introducing legislation to make courthouses more secure. The Minnesota Democrat says the Local Courthouse Safety Act would provide courts with access to security training and give states authority to use existing grant money to improve security. The legislation comes in the wake of a shooting in northern Minnesota’s Cook County courthouse. That shooting left two people injured with multiple gunshot wounds. The bill is co-sponsored by fellow Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar as well as Republican Senator John Boozman of Arkansas. Boozman’s state also experienced a courthouse shooting in recent months. He says eliminating red tape will give local courts access to equipment like metal detectors. State officials estimate that most rural courthouses in Minnesota have no metal detectors. At least one judge has voiced safety concerns as well.