In a reaction to the shooting of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell, a Minnesota legislator has authored HF1829, a bill that will allow County Attorneys and Assistant County Attorneys who possess a valid permit to carry a firearm to carry firearms while on duty. Currently, with the exception of licensed peace officers, Minnesota law prohibits state workers from being armed on the job.
Another bill submitted would increase penalties for individuals who attack or kill state and federal prosecutors. Current Minnesota already has increased penalties for assaulting or killing law enforcement and correctional officers.
Both bills are expected to have sufficient support to pass into law.