DeSoto Passes County Gun Ordiance

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(Hernando, MS) Monday’s public hearing on DeSoto Countyies purposed gun ordinance didn’t draw nearly as big a crowd as the last one.

”There really wasn’t anybody speaking out against it because the general public felt good that we had done our due diligence that we were not trying to change any laws,” said Supervisor Lee Caldwell.

Changes supervisors did make came from suggestions made by gun owners and the National Rifle Association.

The ordinance mirrors state law, allowing anyone with a concealed weapon permit to carry a gun in County parks.

The ordinance covers regular guns of any kind, air rifles or pistols and even archery equipment.

You can’t fire a weapon unless someone’s life is in danger.

Supervisors made the ordinance simpler and included the air rifles and archery based on public input.

”The people that came with concerns were heard and those concerns were addressed” said Caldwell.

She says, the bottom line is simple.

”If you have a concealed weapons permit you can carry your gun but you cannot fire on the greenway” adds Caldwell who says that simplicity should also help in enforcing the new ordinance.