HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County supervisors have revised a proposed firearms ordinance for new recreational parks and greenway system.
The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/XhSFJR ) that supervisors rescheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Nov. 19.
The original proposal would forbid carrying and shooting firearms on or across county greenways and parks unless authorized by specific state laws. It includes numerous other exemptions, including one for hunters carrying their weapons to or from legal hunting grounds.
Board legal adviser Jody Neyman said "discrepancies" in state statutes cited in the original version of the ordinance led the county to drop lengthy possession and discharge exemption language. The revision simply says that weapons discharge is unlawful for people except "a lawful use of force in the course of protecting themselves and the safety of others."
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
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