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Weapons Halted from Entering Franklin County Courthouse

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - New security measures at the Franklin County Courthouse have prevented thousands of potential weapons from going inside.

Over 3,600 weapons were stopped from entering the courthouse since it opened in March of this year.  Some of the items included nearly 2,000 knives, 25 handguns and a number of other items from tools to hair spray which security says can be used as weapons if given the opportunity.

Security workers say they're considered dangerous items that were going in and out of the courthouse for years before the new security system was put in place.  Workers feel the new procedures eliminate any serious problems, especially when emotions run high in the courtroom.  

"People can get upset and if they do, then the chance of something serious happening is much less if they don't have the weapons handy to them," said Captain Rick Rochleau with the Franklin County Sheriffs Office.

Just about all the items found are legal and people can have them, just not in the courthouse.  The items are checked in at the front desk then people pick them up when they leave.

The number of weapons showing up at the front desk have dropped   dramatically since March as more people are realizing what they can't get away with anymore.

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