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Hattiesburg businesses rush to place "no guns allowed" signs in windows

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Speedy Printing and Signs in Hattiesburg has been busier than usual, and it's because they're making signs explaining to customers that local businesses will not allow guns inside.

The state's open-carry law is taking effect Monday, and some local business owners say they want to protect their buildings.

"I have two entrances on the front of the store. One sign will be on one door, and the other sign will be on the other door," said Phillip Pitts of Parris Jewelers. He says even though he considers himself a gun-enthusiast, his business is not where guns belong.

"I want to protect my store. I want to protect the employee. I want to protect my customers. I want them to feel at ease when they come in here to shop. I want my employees to feel at ease when they come in here to work. Having someone with a firearm attached to their side, it makes me uneasy."

Speedy Signs says they have received "several dozen" orders for such signs. Even with the demand, employees say they haven't settled on a uniform design.

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