Citizens “turn in” two governments for breaking the law

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — “Firearms prohibited” is a long standing rule around town, but now the DeSoto County sheriff and Southaven police chief must take down signs banning firearms.

Two gun owners filed complaints with the state, saying the city and county were breaking the new law that lets them bring guns into government buildings.

“A court in session is off limits to carry, but you can’t ban the whole courthouse complex which is what we see happening here,” said Mike Stewart of the group Mississippi Carry.

Stewart said his members found almost 30 violations of their rights across the state, including the DeSoto County courthouse and Southaven arena, which both had no firearms signs. Stewart said they’re pointing it out so gun owners don’t have to.

“Frankly it’s confusing. We hope to bring more clarity to a citizen and law enforcement so all will know what it will be.”

It’s confusing because your permit can let you into city buildings, but not courtrooms. You can carry on the streets but not neighborhood parks. And don’t think the metal detectors are getting tossed out, because those are allowed to stay.

“We still run metal detectors at board meeting we want to know who has a gun that’s just part of the safety aspect of it we want to know who’s armed,” said Tom Long, Southaven police chief.

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