ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature has given overwhelming approval to legislation allowing prosecutors to carry a firearm on duty as long as they have a permit.

The state Senate voted 53-10 on Thursday for the measure, which previously passed the House with little dissent. It now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton.

The bill gained steam after Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was shot and wounded in December last year by a man he had successfully prosecuted.

The new law would take effect the day after the bill is signed.

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Comments (9)
  1. Death says:

    What’s the point in having armed Balif’s?

  2. George Orwell says:

    I like it. Government employees getting special rights.

    We are all created equal but some of us are more equal than others.

  3. Tom says:

    Evidently the bailiffs in the Scannell case (assuming they were even present)
    were so numb they let a guy who had just been convicted of a serious sex
    offence go to his car and retrieve a gun, come back in without checking him,
    and proceed to shoot the prosecutor. What can one say? With human security
    so lax, it won’t matter if the prosecutor has a full auto machine gun.

    1. Law Books or Law Guns? says:

      He would probably have shot the defense attorney, the defendant, the judge, a bailiff, the reporter, two jury members, half of the audience,a kid in a hoodie and himself before he’d ever hit who he was “aiming” at.

  4. politicianSUX says:

    this is a great idea. Introduce guns into an environment by people with minimum training that are prosecuting people that are emotionally drained, feel like they are being wronged, and make sure the guns are not tended to properly. There is an old joke about the only good lawyer is a _ _ _ _ one, well this ought to help that joke to become a reality.

  5. desert eagle .50 says:

    It actually IS a great idea. I am sure they would need to at least meet the requirements for pistol permit holders such as myself.

    How do you know there would be minimal training? How much training is sufficient? Who will decide, you or JAQ?

    Please be specific.

  6. Bruce says:

    I can’t imagine the governor signing this bill. We ordinary folks must retreat to the furthest point before deadly force can be used to protect ourselves and family – and that’s in our own homes, our castles, if you will. I’ll concede we can let the prosecutors retreat to the furtest point in the courthouse, even though it’s not their home.

    As the governor thought, it’s probably reasonable to ask an intruder bent on phhysical mischief to take a time out while the molested call 911 on their cell phones in the process of retreating. I’ll bet every coutroom has a panic putton that’s even faster tp push than a dial for help on 911. Problem solved: push the panic button and run out the door, locking it behind you to complete the retreat to safely. Prosecutors take note…

  7. Marine 0311 says:

    He vetos the castle doctrine legislation but, I bet he signs this one. Dayton you’re a piece of s__t.

  8. Goober says:

    How about taxi cab drivers, pizza drivers, bank tellers, convenience store clerks and the rest of us that are in more dangerous situations than a county attorney. . . Got to love the special treatment for the Government Employees. SEIU will probably get the right extended to them next.

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