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A growing number of local jurisdictions have been trying to impose their own gun control measures. Some pass ordinances to make all schools and churches gun free zones and others try to make all government facilities, gun free zones.

Such was the case in Lowndes County, Mississippi, when judges in the county tried to ban all firearms, including all legal concealed carry weapons, from courthouses, after the state legislature preciously passed a law to allow legal concealed carry weapons in a courthouse, but not in a court room.

The ordinance was legally challenged and this week, the Mississippi State Supreme Court ruled that judges cannot ban firearms from courthouses.

(Clarion Ledger) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled chancery judges in Lowndes and other counties in their district don’t have the authority to ban firearms from courthouses.

In 2011, the Mississippi Legislature passed a law that allows those with enhanced carry permits who have voluntarily completed a safe handling and use of firearms course to carry their weapons inside a courthouse, but not inside a courtroom.

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Chancery judges in the 14th Chancery District, which includes Lowndes, Clay, Chickasaw, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties, filed an administrative order banning firearms within 200 feet of a courtroom door.

The question was whether judges can impose their own orders banning guns in courthouses in the wake of the state law? The state Supreme Court says no…

We’ve seen it happening more and more when local jurisdictions try to pass their own gun control laws that are stricter than state law. In the past, these laws – rules – ordinances, have been deemed illegal when contrary to state law, largely because it places citizens in unfair advantage when traveling through parts of the state and not knowing what the laws are in each county.

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