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City bans guns from all buildings, parks and playgrounds

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian is banning openly carried weapons in all public buildings and city parks and playgrounds.

The Meridian Star reports the city council took action this past week to keep such weapons out of city hall, the Meridian Law Enforcement Center, all fire stations, all municipal offices, city parks, and playgrounds. It makes exceptions for public roads, streets and sidewalks.

Weapons included in the ban are handguns, pistols, rifles, shotguns, stun guns, knives and, according to the ordinance, “any other item of any kind or nature that could or may be used as a weapon.”

Police Chief James Lee says the ordinance is needed to protect local residents.

The ban does not address concealed carry permitted citizens. State law outlines where such guns can be possessed.


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  1. Meridian’s ordinance is unlawful and unenforceable to the ext it conflicts with Mississippi law. 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.”

    The ban on gun carry in City Hall and other buildings/facilities is unlawful

    Mike Stollenwerk, co-founder, OpenCarry.org

  2. Elaine Vechorik

    Do they know that citizens with an enhanced firearm permit must obtain 8 hours firearm training, while deputy sheriffs must obtain only 4 hours? Do they trust deputies more than trained citizens?

    26th armed robbery for July in Meridian and they ban guns. Doesn’t sound smart to me

    Besides, their ordinance is illegal:
    The way I understand it, the state can not interfere with city/county illegal gun bans because they are not “damaged.” A citizen must claim damages and go through legal channels to MAKE THEM OBEY MS LAW.

    For instance, a city/county cannot ban guns on all property at all times (only during meetings and a few other instances as listed in MS Code).

    Rep. Gipson: “…many of the so-called “bans” by cities and counties are illegal under long-established code sections as you referenced. Really, they can only restrict in public parks, ballgames, and public meetings. It will be up to the local citizenry to alert their cities of this law. Meanwhile, perhaps there may be an AG opinion or two in the works.” Clarion Ledger chat 7/17/2013

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