Attorney general requires change to firearms signs

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi has seen its share of arguments over the past two years concerning gun rights after the passage of House Bill 2, which allowed open carry law to go into effect July 1, 2013.

Since then many buildings- both public and private- have added signage that banned firearms.

But this year, HB 314 said cities and counties could not post signs that would essentially place greater restrictions on gun owners than state law.

Rick Ward, an enhanced permit instructor, has found several government buildings in the Pine Belt whose signs violate current Mississippi code. He has taken proper steps to fixing this by contact the attorney general's office, who in turn, have sent notices to the appropriate people that ordered the signs be changed within 30 days of receipt of the letter.

"We took the directive from the new legislation and tried to conform the existing signage from last year to the new law," said Forrest County Board of Supervisors attorney David Miller.

Miller said the county's signs must now give some of the exact language of the code, which will specify who is allowed to bring weapons inside government buildings.

Ward also filed complaints against the City of Hattiesburg, which included Forrest General Hospital. The city, county and hospital have all confirmed that they are in the process of seeing what needs to be done in order to comply with the current law.

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