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WASHINGTON D.C.óToday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced H.R. 1577 The McLelland-Hasse Line of Duty Act. This legislation calls for increased protections for prosecutors and judges who are in danger of retaliation or intimidation. It would also increase federal penalties for those who seek to harm public servants. This bill would also allow law enforcement officials to carry firearms in all federal facilities, federal courts, and in other jurisdictions for their protection.  Senator Cornyn has introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

 ìLaw Enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges do the work that many are afraid to do,î said Poe.  ìThey deliver justice to criminals, knowing that they face the threat of retaliation. Not one more official should die at the hands of a vindictive criminal. State and local officials risk their lives every day to protect the rest of us.  It is time we take care of them.î

The McLelland-Hasse Line of Duty Act:

  • Allows all judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials (both state and federal), subject to limited regulations, to carry firearms into all federal facilities, federal courts, and in jurisdictions where the carrying of such weapons is otherwise prohibited by law.
  • Creates a new federal crime for the killing, attempted killing, or conspiring to kill a United States judge, federal or state law enforcement officer, or federally funded public safety officer, including state prosecutors and judges.
  • Allows all prosecutors and law enforcement officers to possess and obtain an ammunition magazine of any size.
  • Requires the Bureau of prisons to provide secure firearms storage areas so that federal correctional workers can exercise their full right to self-defense.
  • Adds a new no-cost purpose area to the COPS and Byrne JAG grant programs, allowing state and local governments to use existing funds to provide security details for prosecutors and judges who are in danger of retaliation or intimidation.