At the end of his first term, President Donald Trump pushed for the use of a concealed weapon by judges, prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials, including their families, and for other protections through a Jan. 18 executive order.
“Last year, a former litigant before a Federal judge in New Jersey tragically murdered the judge’s 20-year-old son and critically wounded her husband,” In the order, President Trump illustrated some risks public officials take in performing their duties.
Although legislation since 2004 authorized the use of concealed weapons by judicial officials, President Trump directed Congress to expand and streamline legislation to “combat threats of violence against judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials.”
“Federal law already allows Federal and State law enforcement officers to protect themselves by carrying a concealed firearm, but the Federal Government can do more to cut the red tape that Federal law enforcement officers must navigate to exercise their right,” President Trump said in the order.
The heads of all agencies involved with law enforcement officials will report to the president, within 30 days of the implementation of this order.
According to the order they will also “review the ability of qualified persons to carry a concealed firearm” under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (LEOSA), as amended (18 U.S.C. 926B, 926C) (LEOSA).
President Trump also expanded the procedures established for LEOSA to meet the protective purpose for which it was passed.
The executive order provides for reducing personal information about judges and other officials at risk, and increasing penalties for those who threaten or assault them, among other provisions.
As early as mid-December, a bipartisan national coalition of 51 attorneys general urged Congress to pass legislation to protect the safety of federal judges and their families.
This request was prompted by the murder of Daniel Anderl, 20, son of Judge Esther Salas of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
The crime occurred when a “deranged” lawyer arrived at Salas’s home and shot Daniel and the judge’s husband, who survived the attack that took place on July 19, 2020.
The coalition was promoted by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who referred to this tragedy by saying, “No family should experience the pain that Judge Salas and her husband have endured.”
Thus, President Trump responded with the executive order to the need for protection that became evident, in light of the loss of life of Salas’s son.