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Gun law discussion prompts heated debate amongst Ocean Springs aldermen, mayor

By Warren Kulo | The Mississippi Press | July 18, 2013


Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran
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While most of the board of aldermen agreed that such a ban would likely be needed, some felt the city was jumping the gun since the law hasn't taken effect and there are still questions to be answered.



Ocean Springs Alderman Jerry Dalgo
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A discussion of the issue during Thursday's board meeting prompted, at times, heated debate, particularly between Moran and Ward 5 alderman Jerry Dalgo.

"This is way too soon," Dalgo said. "It's still being debated and appealed --- there's still so much confusion about this."

House Bill 2, which clarifies what defines a concealed weapon and the requirements to obtain a concealed permit, remains in limbo after Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd placed a permanent injunction on the law. It's Kidd's ruling Hood is appealing to the state Supreme Court.

Moran said state statute allows a municipality to place a ban on weapons in public facilities. City Attorney John Edwards, however, said a group of municipal attorneys is researching that issue, as well as the ramifications of the new law, should it take effect.

Hood has said two U.S. Supreme Court decisions have specified guns can be banned on education property and in government buildings.

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