No open guns at federal Corps of Engineers sites

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Updated: 6/19/2013 9:24 am
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) _ Even after a new Mississippi gun law takes effect July 1, federal law will still prohibit people from openly carrying weapons on property run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps says in a news release that violating the federal law is punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The Corps operates the Lower Mississippi River Museum in Vicksburg, and it has offices in the city.

It also operates four lakes in Mississippi -- Arkbutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada.

The new state law will allow people to carry unconcealed guns in many places, although Attorney General Jim Hood has said guns can still be banned in schools and courthouses. He also says business owners can restrict guns on their private property.

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