- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County supervisors will modify language on firearms contained in a proposed new ordinance on the use of city parks and greenways.

“Although public safety is of ultimate importance, it was never the intent of the County Board of Supervisors to limit Second Amendment rights. After hearing the first concerns from the public, the board reviewed the language and agrees it surpasses the intention of the board to promote safety in county parks,” the board of supervisors said in a statement Thursday.

“The previously approved proposed ordinance has been removed from the county website,” said the statement from the board. “Shortly after the special meeting on Monday, the modified proposed ordinance will be posted.”

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1mksTn8) the board will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss the proposed changes. A public meeting on the modified proposal will be April 7.

The proposal spells out prohibited activities and rules for vehicles and traffic - but it also contains a firearms section that critics say goes further on limits than a 2012 ordinance that specifically addressed weapons in parks and greenways. The 2012 ordinance, drawn with help from the National Rifle Association, replaced proposals that gun-rights supporters called too restrictive.

Supervisor Lee Caldwell of Nesbit, the board’s president, said, “I feel we should just stick with the language of the 2012 ordinance that the NRA helped us craft.”

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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