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by Dave Gradijan

New York Judges Can Bear Arms

Jul 17, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

The New York state Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics ruled that it’s OK for judges to carry a pistol beneath their robes while on the bench, the Associated Press reports via

“From an ethical standpoint, there is no prohibition … barring you from carrying a firearm while performing your duties on the bench,” the committee said in a decision published in this week’s New York Law Journal.

However, judges do have to comply with existing gun laws to carry a pistol into court, the AP reports.

According to the AP, the committee also ruled in favor of pistol-packing jurists, and cautioned judges to “be patient, dignified and courteous” to those appearing before the bench and behave in “a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”

The ruling also highly recommended that judges keep their firearms concealed, safeguarded and on their person while on the bench.

Compiled by Paul Kerstein

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