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Comanche Co. Courthouse Increasing Security

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COMANCHE CO., Okla_ The Comanche County Courthouse is beefing up security. In fact, you'll start seeing some major changes next month.

Central District Commissioner Johnny Owens, who oversees the courthouse, announced the changes at Monday morning's commissioner's meeting.

Starting May 1st, visitors will only be able to enter and exit the building from the east and west side. Both entrances will have metal detectors and security guards. Your briefcases, purses and backpacks will be subject to search, and no one will be allowed to carry a gun in the building except for law enforcement.

Commissioner Owens said these changes are long overdue.

"When I came, there wasn't any security in this courthouse to speak of," Owens said. "That's not bad-mouthing anybody. That's just the truth. So, we worked a little bit at a time. It's for the safety of the taxpayers. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what's going on across the United States. We're just trying to prevent anything from happening here."

Owens said their goal is to have the best security possible, with as little inconvenience to visitors as possible. He said these measures will cost the county a little extra. They're still finalizing the security budget.

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