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2/26/05-Tyler

Local Lawmakers Look For More Protection In Courthouse

The courthouse shooting is prompting local officials to propose a bill that would give extra protection to those who work in the courts everyday.

State Senator Kevin Eltife and Representative Leo Berman plan to file a bill that would allow criminal district attorney's to carry a concealed weapon in to state courthouses.

Under current law, only judges are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in to a state court.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said years of heated trials can put them in danger.

"I think most people would agree that if judges need it, they definitely do, but just like judges get threats so do district attorneys," Bingham said. "I've gotten threats over the ten years."

Senator Kevin Eltife said he will file the bill in the Texas Senate Monday. Representative Berman plans to file the bill in the state house some time in the next 2 weeks.

They say they're filing at both levels in hopes one will pass.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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