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Gun rights advocates take issue with lack of lockboxes

WENATCHEE – In the last three weeks, two men in two separate north-central Washington counties walked into their courthouses and insisted on a lockbox to secure their weapons.

Neither got the lockbox they requested, but both got what they were after: recorded confrontations with tense security officers and an escort out of the courthouses, which they say demonstrates a lack of government accountability.

Authorities say the exchanges would have been far different had the men come in with a courteous request to secure their weapons while they did business in restricted areas of the courthouses.

“It’s all in the approach,” said Elgin Shaw, Chelan County Courthouse campus security deputy. Instead of a lockbox, he said, “They got a great video for their cause.” Read more.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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