gunsfreak4791 wrote:Courts in Utah can be secure areas if they provide storage and notice and follow some other rules. I don't know of any that do. Rather they rely on judicial power to hold in contempt anyone who breaks their rules.Here is my dilemma I have to attend Court in Salt lake City over a speeding ticket. I am being told they will not secure my firearm and I can't bring it into the building.
Any Ideas or contacts I only have fourteen days to dispute my ticket in person
I wish you good luck in fighting this, but I don't hold out much hope. Who is going to overturn a court rule? The very judges who demand the rule exist in the first place?
Do you actually have any specific defense against the speeding ticket anyway? Beating a speeding ticket in justice court is pretty tough to do. Best bet is to show up, see if you can get traffic school so as to keep the points off your insurance, and you'll still be paying the fine. I know one guy who was very good at convincing judges (or prosecutors) to let him plead guilty to a non-moving violation with equal fine so as to avoid the points and the time wasted in traffic school. Probably not a good move to piss off the judge by questioning his authority to ban guns from "his" courtroom though.
As for suggestions? I'd suggest you should have some way to secure your gun in or to your vehicle anyway. So get a lock box attached to your motorcycle and disarm before going into the courtroom. (Or get a friend to drive you in his car with a proper lock box.) Put on your Sunday best (or business formal if you like) attire, and try to minimize the damage to your driving record. That and slow down so as to avoid speeding tickets in the future. :P
And most court rooms ban hand cuffs and hand cuff keys just like they ban guns, knives, pepper spray, and other weapons. So take the cuff key off your key chain and leave it and cuffs with the pocketknife, pepper spray, and other utility items you may have.
Sorry. The courtroom situation kind of sucks. But I haven't figured out how to materially improve it yet.