Gun owners who routinely carry their firearms in public now have a safe storage option when visiting the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kansas.
While weapons aren’t allowed inside the courthouse, 20 recently installed lockers in the courthouse lobby provide a place for gun owners to “check” their firearms at the door.
“They’ll open the locker, take the card from the locker. Then unholster their gun, place it in the locker, then lock the locker up,” explained Courthouse Police Chief Darrell Haynes, noting that at no point will courthouse police handle other people’s guns.
“We just want to encourage everyone to be safe when they’re handling firearms. And we’ve tried to make it as safe as possible for people to do that,” said Haynes.
Haynes said there was an incident last year when a man tried to hide his gun in a chip bag outside of the courthouse because he knew it was not allowed inside. Haynes said the new lockers should prevent such incidents in the future.
[ KWCH ]