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Letter to Attorney General Holder and Judge Hogan - Prosecutor Safety


Location: Washington, DC

In the wake of the murders of two Texas state prosecutors, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts Judge Thomas Hogan seeking clarification on DOJ and Federal Court policies that prevent prosecutors from carrying firearms.

"I am concerned for the safety of other prosecutors at both the federal and state levels. These public servants carry out vital and dangerous duties that often target violent and organized criminal networks.

"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.

"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. Prosecutor safety should start with enabling them to defend themselves from violent attack."

Letter available in PDF format, please see source to view document.

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