Courthouse Weapons Sreening Program
When will Weapons Screening begin at the courthouse?
Our target date is the first part of April 2011. Please check local newspapers and county websites for an official announcement.
What will the Weapons Screening process consist of?
Our screening process will be similar to that found at airports around the nation. We will be using the same types of equipment:
An x-ray machine, which scans purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc.
A walk-through metal detector.
Hand held metal detectors.
How will Weapons Screening affect my visit to the courthouse?
Depending on the time of day, you may encounter a short delay while waiting to clear the weapons screening station. Our goal is to minimize impact on the flow of foot traffic entering the courthouse while screening effectively to provide a weapons free environment. Allow yourself extra time to compensate for possible delays.
Access to the courthouse will now be via the 4th St side of the building only; this is where the weapons screening will be conducted.
What can I do to help avoid delays at the Weapons Screening station?
To help speed the screening process:
Familiarize yourself with the list of items prohibited from the courthouse and leave them or other questionable items at home or properly secured in your vehicle.
All hand carried items must be scanned by the x-ray machine, and if necessary may also be subject to visual inspection. Items too large to pass through the x-ray scanner will be visually inspected.
Be prepared to empty your pockets, and place contents into the container next to the metal detector. Walk through the archway when instructed to do so by a member of the weapons screening staff.
If you set off an alarm at the metal detector, an officer may send you back through again and may perform a scan using a handheld metal detector.
I have a current Washington State Concealed Pistol License and carry a firearm. What should I do?
Even though you possess a current Washington State Concealed Pistol License, your firearm is prohibited from the courthouse by law. You are strongly advised to leave your firearm at home or properly secured in your vehicle. If this is not possible, a limited number of gun lockers are available. Do not bring your firearm into the courthouse beyond the gun storage area.
Besides firearms, what other items are banned from the courthouse?
Besides firearms, other weapons are prohibited from the courthouse, including certain items which may be lawful to possess but pose an unacceptable security risk.
Examples of other weapons and prohibited items are:
Sharp Objects - such as knives, box cutters, utility knives, knitting needles, pointed scissors, etc.
Martial Arts and Self Defense Weapons such as sling shots, throwing stars, nunchakus, stun guns, shocking devices, etc.
Tools - such as screwdrivers, hammers, chains, crowbars, etc.
Chemicals - such as mace, pepper spray, tear gas, flammable liquids.
Miscellaneous Items - such as handcuff keys, skateboards, baseball bats, etc.
If You Have Any Questions About The Information,
DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL THE MASON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
AT (360) 427-9670 X313