Virginia lawmakers move to let all judges to carry concealed firearms

by Anjali Shastry  |  published on February 23, 2016

Virginia inched closer Monday to allowing all state judges, including those on the Supreme Court, to carry concealed handguns with no permit or training, saying they need to be able to protect themselves from vengeful litigants.

The Senate voted 34-6 to pass the change, and it now goes back to the House for final approval.

“This ain’t rocket science, it’s point and shoot,” said Sen. Richard Stuart, Stafford Republican. “A lot of these people have sentenced people who are not very happy with them, and it’s a small thing to give judges and I think they absolutely deserve it.”

It was unclear whether any specific incident prompted the bill, but backers said prosecutors already have the right to carry concealed handguns with no permit, so it made sense to extend it to judges.

“I’d submit this is a reasonable extension of law and a commonsense protection for them,” said Sen. Mark Obenshain, Rockingham Republican.

  • hangman57

    If Judges can carry guns in the court rooms , law abiding citizens should be allowed to carry a gun too ! The law abiding citizens should be able to show a Police officer his CCW permit , and be allowed in the court room . As long as his is not under a criminal indictment .

  • judge45colt

    why is a judges life any more important than anyone elses. if they can carry while in the courtroom or otherwise without a permit. so should the general public. what is good for the goose is also good for the gander

    • Juanito Ibañez, TopCop1988

      “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
      — George Orwell, ‘Animal Farm’, 1945

  • Luke

    The 2nd Amendment already allows them to have a weapon. never understood why the people had to have permission from stupid lawmakers to give them their rights they already have..

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