An Act improving the quality of courthouse security


This bill would permit court officers to carry firearms, pursuant to their police powers, within the courthouse. As part of the ongoing professionalization of court officers, security officials for the Trial Court plan to authorize a portion of the force to carry firearms on duty. In order to be eligible for to carry, the court officer must first obtain an LTC through the existing process under Chapter 140/s131.  They must also complete a firearm training course approved by the Chief justice of the Trial Court, Supreme Judicial Court, or the Appeals Court.