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Judge keeps guns out of Waller County courthouse

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) – A judge’s ruling that upholds Waller County’s ban on guns in its courthouse is keeping the Southeast Texas county at odds with the state attorney general.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2gKsnis ) state District Judge Albert McCaig Jr. ruled this week in a lawsuit by a gun rights supporter who wanted county officials to remove signs that warn visitors to the courthouse in Hempstead that firearms are banned.

A state law that took effect last year says government entities can be penalized for posting unlawful signs banning firearms.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has ruled state law bars firearms from a courtroom or offices “essential” to that court. McCaig has decided that means “an entire government building that houses a court.”

Paxton says McCaig’s ruling makes “a mockery of legislative democracy.”

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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