- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An Elkton woman is questioning a policy that barred her from carrying a gun into the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

When Robin Mulvey and her daughter attended a football game in July, they were told to put their concealed handguns back in their vehicle, the Argus Leader reported (https://argusne.ws/2azUilv ).

Sioux Falls voters in 2011 approved spending $115 million on the events center that opened in 2014. Mulvey believes that since the center is city-owned, the no-guns policy violates a state law that bars municipalities from restricting the possession of firearms.

“We are not psychos, we are not crazy terrorists, we are not idiots,” said Mulvey, who serves on Elkton’s city council. “We just strongly believe in the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms.”

City officials maintain that since the center is operated by a private management company, the state law doesn’t apply.

“Nothing in state law prohibits a private individual (or) corporation from having a no-weapons policy on property that it owns, manages, leases,” City Attorney Keith Allenstein said.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether in 2013 repealed a 16-year-old executive order that barred firearms from city buildings and parks, citing the state law. However, the city says about half a dozen city-owned buildings can establish gun-free zones because they are privately managed.

Mulvey disagrees.

“You can’t just hire away your obligation to support the state law,” she said.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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