- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors has repealed a local ban on armed civilians in courthouses.

Board Attorney David O’Donnell tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1wW5xFm ) the ordinance conflicted with two state laws and could have left supervisors individually liable for damages.

A 2012 state law allows people with enhanced firearms permits, which require eight hours of state-certified training, to carry a concealed handgun in a number of places off limits to those with regular permits. A 2013 law established the legality of open carry in Mississippi.

Several municipalities and counties, citing public safety concerns, enacted local bans on carrying firearms in various public spaces.

The 2014 Legislature provided that citizens can now sue local officials personally who enact or enforce gun bans that conflict with state law.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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