Tomorrow I will be conducting business here in Pittsburgh PA at theAllegheny City/County Building. What makes this such an auspicious occasion for me is that I will for the very first time be going into the building while open carrying.
Since the courts are in the same building I understandthat I must have my weapon(s) secured. Ibelieve I must enter through the Ross Street entrance and notify security (receptionist or whomever) that I wish to have my fire arm secured (and receive a receipt for it) so that I may legally proceed through the building. It's been some time since I've been there soI can't recall exactly how things areset up.
I understand statute 913 regarding weapons in a court facility but I am still somewhat apprehensive and would like suggestions and/or commentary based on your own empiricalobservations/experiences when you have done business at the Allegheny City/County Building while either CC'ing or OC'ing.
§ 913. Possession of firearm or other dangerous weapon in court facility.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits an offense if he:
(1). knowingly possesses a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a court facility or knowingly causes a firearm or other dangerous weapon to be present in a court facility; or
(1). Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (3), an offense under subsection (a)(1) is a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(2). An offense under subsection (a)(2) is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(3). An offense under subsection (a)(1) is a summary offense if the person was carrying a firearm under section 6106(b) (relating to firearms not to be carried without a license) or 6109 (relating to licenses) and failed to check the firearm under subsection (e) prior to entering the court facility.
(d) Posting of notice.--Notice of the provisions of subsections (a) and (e) shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each courthouse or other building containing a court facility and each court facility, and no person shall be convicted of an offense under subsection (a)(1) with respect to a court facility if the notice was not so posted at each public entrance to the courthouse or other building containing a court facility and at the court facility unless the person had actual notice of the provisions of subsection (a).
(e) Facilities for checking firearms or other dangerous weapons.--Each county shall make available at or within the building containing the court facility by July 1, 2002, lockers or similar facilities at no charge or cost for the temporary checking of firearms by persons carrying firearms under section 6106(b) or 6109 or for the checking of other dangerous weapons that are not otherwise prohibited by law. Any individual checking a firearm, dangerous weapon or an item deemed to be a dangerous weapon at a court facility must be issued a receipt. Notice of the location of the facility shall be posted as required under subsection (d).