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.

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Comments (11)
  1. Chris says:

    Statistically, are courthouses more dangerous than other work places?

    I don’t think so.

  2. Done nothing senator. says:

    This guy will never take on anything worth while. Court house safety? Are you kidding me, when was the last time this clown went into a courtroom? Step up the laws that are already in place and this do nothing senator is lost.

  3. Iron Ranger says:

    Thanks Al. Thats why we elected you. I cant wait until you come back to Hibbing.

  4. Iron Range American says:

    I love the post from Done Nothing Senator. If you ever researched what this man has done for MN, you would never say this. Al was voted by a majority of Minnesotans. He has done more than Coleman ever did. Thank you Al. He is a major reason why all the ammendments on the November ballot will fail.

    1. dan says:

      Please give us one good example of what Franken has done for MN? This is just another bandwagon senator lookiing for free publicity.

    2. Pauline says:

      Al was not voted into office by the majority of Minnesotans.

      During the recount, the acceptance standards for absentee ballots were lowered in the liberal precincts only and votes for Al ‘magically’ appeared.

      Why don’t you list some of the things he has done for Minnesota? Good luck with that.

    3. New Norm says:

      I think he means “a majority of union members”

    4. Carl says:

      Iron Ranger, have you heard of a large building called the Excel Energy Center? You can thank Norm Coleman and Bob Nagle for putting this project together and getting it done. Unlike the mess the Democrats are making of the new Vikings Stadium.

  5. mark says:

    Thanks Al?, Now can you do something about jobs and the economy!!!!!!!

  6. GN says:

    Another typical government waste of money at taxpayer expense and another step toward a police state.

  7. BSAGAIN says:

    Al learned to be an ambulance chaser for feel good i did something from Amy.

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