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house Bill H.R. 613

Should Federal Prison Officers be Allowed to Carry Concealed Firearms on the Premises?

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Many officers currently carry firearms for protection because there have been cases where they are followed upon leaving the prison or correctional institution and assaulted. Allowing corrections officers to keep firearms safely stored on the premises, and to carry them when they are on their way in and and out from work, will help make them safer.

Jennifer 's Opinion
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05/15/2018
You mean they don’t already carry? Yes, let them. Also, for those persons citing a potential riot and the guards being disarmed...do some of you not read the bills upon which you comment? They are not proposing to arm the guards at work...just to or from! And please let’s not conflate every issue with the NRA or lump them in with every problem.
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Brian's Opinion
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05/15/2018
Many officers currently carry firearms for protection because there have been cases where they are followed upon leaving the prison or correctional institution and assaulted. Allowing corrections officers to keep firearms safely stored on the premises, and to carry them when they are on their way in and and out from work, will help make them safer.
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James's Opinion
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05/15/2018
That’s a no Brainer! You have to do something real bad to wind up in the Fed Pen! Whack em! Make them chop rocks! Rent out Devil’s Island and send em there! Yes by all means, Federal Guards should be Armed at all times! Old Sparky should be installed in every Fed Pen!
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Argument opposed

Allowing federal corrections officers to carry weapons on or in the vicinity of prisons’ premises may increase the probability that force —deadly or otherwise — will be used. Additionally, confrontations between officers and ex-prisoners or prisoners’ families, while occasional, are generally not frequent.

jimsander's Opinion
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05/15/2018
To be fair, plenty of prison guards have failed us when called to duty — ask any of the prisoners who were raped, beaten, or murdered. Not to mention that guards are a major source of contraband materials. We don’t need to pander to them (or the NRA) until those issues are solved.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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05/15/2018
Prison guards are underpaid, under trained, overworked, and can lead pretty desperate lives. Unfortunately while there were wonderful deputies, police officers, and security guards that I met in 27 years of working with all of them, the vast majority were frightened, angry bullies, many of whom loved to escalate situations to allow violent responses on their part. In my two years in a prison unit, the same deputy who bullied me beat his wife to death. Deputies beat helpless prisoners for no reason except that they could and graphically threatened my life for reporting unnecessary violence against prisoners. Since guards often smuggle in contraband, rape prisoners, and even kill them providing more efficiently lethal means to murder inmates is a bad idea. I am not anti-cop – I am anti-murder. It is never a good idea to run a country on fear when fear blocks reason and blocks human empathy, compassion, and love, the solution to most problems. Do not add to the death toll with the NRA,s epidemic of concealed carry.
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John's Opinion
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05/15/2018
No! Enough with the whole guns-shoot-em-up-kill culture.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed May 15th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 378 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 23rd, 2017

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    You mean they don’t already carry? Yes, let them. Also, for those persons citing a potential riot and the guards being disarmed...do some of you not read the bills upon which you comment? They are not proposing to arm the guards at work...just to or from! And please let’s not conflate every issue with the NRA or lump them in with every problem.
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    To be fair, plenty of prison guards have failed us when called to duty — ask any of the prisoners who were raped, beaten, or murdered. Not to mention that guards are a major source of contraband materials. We don’t need to pander to them (or the NRA) until those issues are solved.
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    Prison guards are underpaid, under trained, overworked, and can lead pretty desperate lives. Unfortunately while there were wonderful deputies, police officers, and security guards that I met in 27 years of working with all of them, the vast majority were frightened, angry bullies, many of whom loved to escalate situations to allow violent responses on their part. In my two years in a prison unit, the same deputy who bullied me beat his wife to death. Deputies beat helpless prisoners for no reason except that they could and graphically threatened my life for reporting unnecessary violence against prisoners. Since guards often smuggle in contraband, rape prisoners, and even kill them providing more efficiently lethal means to murder inmates is a bad idea. I am not anti-cop – I am anti-murder. It is never a good idea to run a country on fear when fear blocks reason and blocks human empathy, compassion, and love, the solution to most problems. Do not add to the death toll with the NRA,s epidemic of concealed carry.
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    No! Enough with the whole guns-shoot-em-up-kill culture.
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    Many officers currently carry firearms for protection because there have been cases where they are followed upon leaving the prison or correctional institution and assaulted. Allowing corrections officers to keep firearms safely stored on the premises, and to carry them when they are on their way in and and out from work, will help make them safer.
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    Absolutely not. It only takes one inmate to get a hold of that gun and now it becomes a much larger problem in a confined space with people that already have nothing to lose. That aside we should not be murdering inmates because the conditions in prison create a more violent culture because inmates are treated as subhuman.
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    You have more important tasks to accomplish than making money by pleasing your lobbyists friends and pocketing even more money for you corrupt campaigns. But don't fret, it will all be over soon. The blue wave will release you from you duty.
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    That’s a no Brainer! You have to do something real bad to wind up in the Fed Pen! Whack em! Make them chop rocks! Rent out Devil’s Island and send em there! Yes by all means, Federal Guards should be Armed at all times! Old Sparky should be installed in every Fed Pen!
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    More guns on the streets don't make anyone safer.
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    We don’t need more guns on a federal prison premise than what is already there now. The U.S. needs to tone down this gun-crazy culture of ours.
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    I have a son in prison. The prison guards are not trained,From want I see and hear in the prison there would be more of a risk of human life lost. We need more training for guards and education for both guards and inmates, not more guns. Who ever proposed this doesn’t really know the true life in the prison system.
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    There’s a pot on the stove that is just about over-filling with hot boiling water. Would you add more water to the pot? Or would you carefully remove water from the pot? More guns, concealed or otherwise, is not the answer to enhance protection; no matter what the NRA and this administration will tell you.
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    All of you saying no realize this just would let them store the firearm in a secure area OUTSIDE the secure perimeter and it would let them carry one OUTSIDE the secure perimeter right? They aren’t taking them inside. I’m a state Corrections Officer and we can carry our firearms in the parking lot but we have to secure them in a lockbox in our vehicles prior to entering the facility. That is what this would do.
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    These officers have a right to self defense especially someone threatening them or their Family to get something to a inmate, they need the power to say no.
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    Allow this and be prepared for prison time to turn into death sentences at a precipitous rate. Why? Because when you have a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail.
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    Yes this is common sense.
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    You are literally in a jail with criminals! Yes please carry!
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    This makes weapons more accessible to inmates, in many cases violent inmates.
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    This just sounds like the fastest way to end up with someone dead. Either a prisoner from abuse of power by a guard or a guard from a prisoner ending up with the firearm somehow.
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    115th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 613 To amend title 18, United States Code, to require that the Director of the Bureau of Prisons ensure that each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of the Federal penal or correctional institution for firearms carried by certain employees of the Bureau of Prisons, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 23, 2017 Mr. McKinley (for himself, Mr. Marino, Mr. Nolan, and Mr. Emmer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To amend title 18, United States Code, to require that the Director of the Bureau of Prisons ensure that each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of the Federal penal or correctional institution for firearms carried by certain employees of the Bureau of Prisons, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that— (1) the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–277; 118 Stat. 865) gives certain law enforcement officers, including certain correctional officers of the Bureau of Prisons, the right to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 States for self-protection; (2) the purpose of that Act is to allow certain law enforcement officers to protect themselves while off duty; (3) correctional officers of the Bureau of Prisons have been the targets of assaults and murders while off duty; and (4) while that Act allows certain law enforcement officers to protect themselves off duty, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons allows correctional officers of the Bureau of Prisons to securely store personal firearms at only 31 Federal penal and correctional institutions while at work. SEC. 3. SECURE FIREARMS STORAGE. (a) In General.—Chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: “§ 4050. Secure firearms storage “(a) Definitions.—In this section— “(1) the term ‘employee’ means a qualified law enforcement officer employed by the Bureau of Prisons; and “(2) the terms ‘firearm’ and ‘qualified law enforcement officer’ have the meanings given those terms under section 926B. “(b) Secure Firearms Storage.—The Director of the Bureau of Prisons shall ensure that each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution— “(1)(A) provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of the institution for employees to store firearms; or “(B) allows employees to store firearms in a vehicle lockbox approved by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons; and “(2) notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations), allows employees to carry concealed firearms on the premises outside of the secure perimeter of the institution.”. (b) Technical And Conforming Amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 303 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: “4050. Secure firearms storage.”. Congress.gov
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