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N.C. Senate Agrees To Allow Judges To Take Guns To Court

Posted May 19, 2005 1:51 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina judges may soon have the option to carry guns under their robes.

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow trial court judges to bring their guns to work for protection.

The bill was filed just days after a deadly Atlanta courthouse shooting in March. Police said Brian Nichols, who was on trial for rape, stole a guard's gun, and then went on a shooting spree that killed four people, including a judge.

Less than two weeks earlier in Chicago, a disgruntled litigant killed a judge's husband and mother in the judge's home.

The bill now goes to the state House for consideration.