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OS preparing ordinance to combat open carry law

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OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, has made it clear she does not want to see guns in city buildings.

"I am certainly in favor of second amendment rights. I myself have a gun, and I'm a pretty good shot, but I wouldn't bring it to city hall," said Moran. 

She thinks the majority of the board would feel that it's not appropriate for people to have weapons in city hall, during board meetings, in their courtrooms, at the police station, or at ball parks.  

Mississippi's open carry law is currently in legal limbo after a Hinds County judge indefinitely suspended it, calling it "unconstitutionally vague". 

State Attorney General, Jim Hood, plans to file paperwork to challenge that ruling with the state supreme court next week. 

In the meantime, Mayor Moran says she is hoping to have a firearms ban for city property already in place if and when the new law takes effect. 

The city's attorney is currently working to get the ordinance drafted, but Ocean Springs is not alone. Several other cities in Mississippi have already passed similar measures and many private business owners plan to ban firearms. 

Cathy Reed, owner of Shelton Jeweler, says if the open carry law goes into effect she will be posting a sign. 

"These days banks don't even allow you to wear sunglasses and goodies over your head. Their not taking away any rights by asking that and I'm only asking them not to bring a gun in. A gun is not needed in our store," said Reed.

Mayor Moran says the city's attorney is gathering a committee to draft the ordinance.

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