POCATELLO -- A southeast Idaho district court judge says the Bannock County Courthouse's security system that includes a metal detector to screen for guns and other weapons is illegal.
Sixth District Judge Stephen Dunn told Bannock County commissioners Wednesday that only the Administrative Judge for that district has the authority to make such a rule involving courthouse security.
The Idaho State Journal reports that commissioners in 1997 approved the metal detector following shootings in courthouses around the nation.
Dunn says that he's completing an administrative order outlining the policy in Bannock County to make a "weapons-free" courthouse legal.
His administrative order will prohibit firearms, knives with blades exceeding two and a half inches, pepper spray, ammunition and other items.
On-duty police officers and court marshals would be excluded.