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City mulls the banning of firearms from buildings, parks

NATCHEZ — Natchez is considering a firearms ban for city-owned building and property.

The Natchez Democrat reports Alderman Ricky Gray asked city attorney Hyde Carby if the city could post “no firearms” signs at city buildings and parks.

Gray said he believes prohibiting firearms on city property would be in the best interest of public safety.

Carby says the city currently has an ordinance outlawing the discharge of firearms in the city limits other than by law enforcement.

But Carby was hesitant to immediately advise the board to post signs banning firearms on city property. He said state law says a municipality may not pass an ordinance that “restricts or requires the possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition.”

Carby is researching state law.

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2 comments

  1. Mike Stollenwerk

    city attorney Hyde Carby is correct.

    Mississippi localities cannot ban gun carry at city hall, libraries etc.

    Subject to the provisions of Section 45-9-53, no county
    or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts or requires the
    possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or
    ammunition or their components.

    Read more at
    http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/mississippi.aspx

    The only 2
    exceptions are for local gun bans in “parks” and at
    “meetings.”

  2. The city attorney is correct. Mississippi localities cannot ban gun carry at city hall, libraries etc.

    Subject to the provisions of Section 45-9-53, no county
    or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts or requires the
    possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or
    ammunition or their components.

    Read more at
    http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/mississippi.aspx

    The only 2
    exceptions are for local gun bans in “parks” and at
    “meetings.”

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