UPDATE: State's highest court will not rehear judge's appeal over courthouse guns

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Three judges are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling about licensed gun owners carrying guns in the courthouse.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2018 1:59 PM

Update 10/04/18 1:54 p.m.

The Mississippi Supreme Court will not rehear a judge's appeal of a ruling striking down a ban on guns in the courthouse. This affects Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Webster counties.

See the original post below.

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Three judges are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling about licensed gun owners carrying guns in the courthouse.

The ruling was issued earlier this month over a prohibition ordered by judges in the 14th Chancery Court District.

Chancellors Dorothy Colom, Kenneth Burns and H. J. Davidson, Jr. filed a motion for reconsideration Wednesday with the state's highest court.

They claim they should have the right under a separation of powers in the Constitution to issue a ruling.

They say safety of the citizens of the six-county district is important as well as the safety of anyone in the courthouse.

Judges had issued an order saying no one would be allowed to carry guns in the courthouse.  Ricky Ward had an enhanced concealed weapons license and asked the court to remove the ban.

The judges declined, and Ward filed an extraordinary writ of prohibition with the Mississippi Supreme Court.

After reviewing briefs filed supporting both sides of the complaint, the state's highest court says the action violated separation of powers set aside in the Constitution.

Justice also say the order violates state laws over gun licenses.

The 14th Chancery Court District includes Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties.

After reviewing briefs filed supporting both sides of the complaint, the state's highest court says the action violated separation of powers set aside in the Constitution.

Justice also say the order violates state laws over gun licenses.

The 14th Chancery Court District includes Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster County.

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