President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at enhancing protections for federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers.
His order directs the federal government to make it easier for law enforcement officers and federal prosecutors to carry a concealed firearm, and urges Congress to pass legislation to extend the right to carry a concealed firearm to federal judges.
“Judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers’ resiliency in the face of the danger they regularly face is an inspiration for all of us in public service,” the order reads.
Trump’s order aims to remove “any undue obstacle” that prevents current and retired federal law enforcement officers from carrying a concealed gun under federal law.
It also directs acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to propose a regulation within 30 days of the order that gives federal prosecutors the power to possess and carry firearms, but not include law enforcement powers such as making arrests. The regulation must also require prosecutors obtain appropriate training in firearm safety and use as a condition.
Rosen is also ordered to direct the Director of the Marshals Service to prioritize the protection of federal judges and prosecutors; prioritize investigations and prosecution of federal crimes against judges, prosecutors, or law enforcement officers or their family members, if the family member was targeted because of the person’s relation to a judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer.
The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security are also directed to review whether it is feasible to remove or minimize the availability of personally identifiable information appearing in public sources of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers.
Salas in August had called for greater privacy safeguards for federal judges following the deadly shooting attack on her family.
“Currently, federal judges’ addresses and other information is readily available on the internet. In addition, there are companies that will sell your personal details that can be leveraged for nefarious purposes,” Salas said.
“My son’s death cannot be in vain, which is why I am begging those in power to do something to help my brothers and sisters on the bench.”
The order also requires Rosen develop and propose federal legislation aimed at providing additional protections for judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers, such as allowing the federal civil servants to use post office box addresses in lieu of home address information, and increased penalties for threatened and actual violence against federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers.