The latest effort to let more judges carry firearms in courthouses appears to be in New Mexico. Under existing law a concealed carry license does NOT allow a person to carry a firearm into a courthouse without the presiding judge of the court’s permission.
A concealed handgun license shall not be valid in a courthouse or court facility, unless authorized by the presiding judicial officer for that courthouse or court facility.
Under HB 454 a judge who serves in that courthouse would be able to carry a firearm with a concealed carry license, regardless of whether the presiding judge approves or not.
A concealed handgun license shall not be valid in a courthouse or court facility, unless:
A. carrying concealed handguns is authorized by the presiding judicial officer for that courthouse or court facility; or
B. the concealed handgun license belongs to a judge who works or is designated to work in the courthouse or court facility.
The bill is currently pending in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee.