Prosecutor prepared to pack pistol

Published On: Apr 09 2013 06:26:23 PM PDT
Steve Tucker gun permit
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The lines are long for people hoping to get concealed weapons permits at the Public Safety Building, but those in line Tuesday might've been surprised to know one of the other people waiting to get a permit was Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker.

Tucker thinks it's time he starts carrying a gun, but it's not the first time he's packed a revolver. Before he was prosecutor, Tucker was a Washington State trooper.

If he's going to pack a gun he wants to make sure its nice and legal.

"Yep, I need one to carry one legally so I'm going to need to read through the rules and make sure I'm okay with them and then do everything by the rules," Tucker said.

Tucker is not the first prosecutor to hand over $52 for a concealed weapons permit, but he is the most recognizable and therefore a potential target.

"Well it's kind of a sign of the times, you read the paper and there have been a couple of prosecutors killed down in Texas, basically murdered in their own home, and one of them even on the way to work, so I don't think we're safe anywhere anymore and it's just time to be ready for things if I can be," he said.

Tucker even waited to be fingerprinted just so clerks can confirm his identity. It can be a very time consuming process but Tucker knows our criminal are getting bolder and doesn't want to be a sitting duck.

"I'm not saying I can't be surprised but I want to be ready if it comes around and I know how to use a weapon," he said. "It's been a while. I'm going to need to practice a little bit but that's why I'm here today."

As for whether or not Tucker feels personally at risk, he confirmed he has received some threats in the past.

"I've gotten a few letters and a few things that are semi-threatening, nothing like they're going to come and kill me right now type of deal, but I have had some threats that I've taken seriously," Tucker said.