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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Al Franken is introducing legislation to make courthouses more secure.

Franken, D-Minn., 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 Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

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.

Jim Franklin, executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, estimates most rural courthouses in Minnesota have no metal detectors. At least one judge has also voiced safety concerns.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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