Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to ensure that federal court officers are allowed to carry firearms in court facilities.
His letter comes days after a district attorney in Texas and his wife were murdered. Authorities probing the crime are focused on a white supremacist prison gang the attorney was investigating.
In his letter, Cornyn said federal law should be clarified so that court officials can carry guns given the dangers they face in targeting violent and organized criminal networks.
Although federal law allows prosecutors to carry weapons, federal policy stops prosecutors from taking personal guns to their offices, Cornyn said.