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Justices: Ruling stands on concealed guns in courthouses

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court says it will not reconsider its earlier ruling that judges were wrong to ban people with enhanced concealed-carry licenses from taking guns into courthouses.

In June, the high court said some chancery judges overstepped their authority because the Mississippi Constitution specifies only the Legislature “may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.” On Thursday, justices said they will not revisit that ruling.

A 2011 state law says people with enhanced concealed-carry licenses may take guns into courthouses but not into courtrooms.

Judges in the 14th Chancery District banned guns in and around all parts of courthouses in Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties.

A man with an enhanced concealed-carry license challenged the ban. License holders must not have felony records or mental health problems.

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