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Are Prosecutors in Danger Being Restricted from Concealed Carry?

Cornyn has questions for Holder as the killers of two Texas prosecutors are still on the loose.

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Bridget Johnson

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April 4, 2013 - 8:32 pm
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Congress has been consumed by a gun-control debate weighing the need to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the need to defend oneself in case of attack.

But one senator pointed out to Attorney General Eric Holder today that those prosecuting the criminals reportedly have restrictions placed on their ability to defend themselves despite laws protecting where prosecutors who hold concealed carry permits can take their guns.

Just as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., stirred the broader gun-control debate ready to makes its Senate floor debut next week, the chilling attacks on two Texas state prosecutors have sparked concern about how those putting criminals behind bars can defend themselves from the next ambush.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were gunned down at their suburban Dallas home last weekend. NBC News reported McLelland was shot 20 times and his wife was shot once.

On Jan. 31, an assistant prosecutor in McLelland’s office, Mark Haase, was shot to death in a parking lot near the county courthouse. There have been no arrests in either case, though the Aryan Brotherhood is consistently named as a top suspect. In December, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a bulletin warning tips they’d received of retaliation plots in the works by the 4,000-strong prison gang.

After Haase’s death, McLelland, an Army vet, took to carrying a gun. Shortly before his death, he said in an interview that his colleagues need to be on alert and prepared for attacks. “The people in my line of work are going to have to get better at it, because they’re going to need it more in the future,” McLelland said.

On Tuesday, an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston withdrew from an Aryan Brotherhood racketeering case out of fears for his and his family’s safety.

And the net could be cast even farther as the FBI has been investigating potential ties between Hasse’s killing and the March 19 murder of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said prosecutors are left less secure by reported flouting of 18 United States Code §930, which exempts “an officer, agent, or employee of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision thereof, who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of any violation of law” from the prohibition on carrying weapons in a federal facility.

“I am told that as a matter of policy, federal prosecutors are barred from carrying personal self-defense firearms to their offices (and parking facilities) even if they hold a state-issued concealed carry license,” Cornyn wrote to Holder and U.S. Courts Director Thomas Hogan.

“If this information is accurate and is a matter of federal court policy, then the safety and security of federal officials demands the policy’s immediate reconsideration,” the senator continued. “Prosecutor safety should start with enabling them to defend themselves from violent attack.”

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The murder of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements may be related to his refusal to allow the "transfer" of a rich Saudi Arabian prisoner to Saudi Arabia.

The other murders should also be investigated for possible involvement of Muslim supremacists as perpetrators or paying instigators.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/20/is-colorado-correction-chiefs-death-linked-to-muslim-prisoner-denied-transfer-to-saudi-arabia/#
1 year ago
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BPC (Before Political Correctness) the DPS was known as the Texas Rangers,
and the Rangers, men such as Bill Jordan, were known to criminals as too
dangerous to cross: 'You killed a Cop ? Get away from me !'
Do not make the mistake of assuming that government officials, as opposed
to private citizens, are expendable; The old rules will be readopted before one
can say 'Shoot on sight'.
1 year ago
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Reference is to Peter King in reply to minnesoter.
1 year ago
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Yes indeed he is. Amazing how his lips keep moving when his brain is missing.
1 year ago
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Leave it to the Federal left hands to not know what the right hand is doing.
1 year ago
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I think designating DC as a gun-free zone is a great idea! Take the guns away from all the security and body guards and let our glorious leaders lead by example! They can take comfort in knowing that when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
1 year ago
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This is the beginning, it will not be long before Judges, Lawyers, and political leaders who don't swing the way the Mexican drug cartels wishes will be kidnapped, beheaded, dismembered and left stacked on the court house steps, just as they do in Mexico.
Politician's and DA's as well as prosecutors on down to the lowest ranking police will become the hunted.
These clowns will disarm the rest of us but will never, ever disarm the drug cartels.
These same dug cartels are going to be hunting these career politician's and it's going to be bloody.
Unless the yellow bass turds roll over and do as the cartels demand.
1 year ago
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Well, as much as I agree with you that prosecutors should be allowed to carry their guns, why should they have special consideration? His Obamaness has made it clear that law-abiding citizens should just trust the police to protect them in all circumstances, so His Obamaness should figure out how to protect Federal prosecutors... and state and local prosecutors... and senators and congressmen and presidents.
1 year ago
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What about those who claim that a gun doesn't protect you -- that it only increases your danger? An Aryan Nations assassin might take it away and use it against him.

What about those who claim that when an Aryan Nations murderer attacks a court house we'll all be safer if the bullets are all coming from only one gun -- that two guns doubles the danger?
1 year ago
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Time to start instituting the death penalty for gang members convicted of murder, any murder, or other violent crime. If this is the opening gambit of the Mexican cartels to start their turf wars in the US, we need to start putting these dogs down.

And we need to stop threatening to disarm private citizens because it will only get worse.
1 year ago
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Eric Holder, Barry Obama, there is no law, only a fool, would not be armed today.
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