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U.S. Senator Cornyn introduces bill to improve prosecutor safety

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John Cornyn United States Senator for Texas:

WASHINGTON (KYTX) – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after introducing The Line of Duty Act of 2013, legislation that would allow local governments to use existing funds to provide security details for prosecutors and judges who are in danger of retaliation or intimidation, as well as extend the rights of these officials at the state and local level to carry weapons for self-defense purposes:
 
"Public safety officers like prosecutors put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve the peace of mind to go about their work without fearing for their safety.
 
"This legislation would provide prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials more flexibility in how they choose to protect themselves and their families, as well as create stronger offenses for those who target our public officials."
 
Background
  • Expressly allows all judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials (both state and federal), subject to limited regulations, to carry firearms into all federal facilities, federal courts, and in jurisdictions where the carrying of such weapons is otherwise prohibited by law.
  • Creates a new federal crime for the killing, attempted killing, or conspiring to kill a United States judge, federal law enforcement officer, or federally funded public safety officer, including state prosecutors and judges.
  • Allows all prosecutors and law enforcement officers to possess and obtain an ammunition magazine of any size.
  • Requires the Bureau of prisons to provide secure firearms storage areas so that federal correctional workers can exercise their full right to self-defense.
  • Adds a new no-cost purpose area to the COPS and Byrne JAG grant programs, allowing state and local governments to use existing funds to provide security details for prosecutors and judges who are in danger of retaliation or intimidation.
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