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Mississippi lawmaker displays unloaded gun during debate

February 9, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker says he was trying to make a point about the hypocrisy of gun laws when he held up an unloaded pistol during a debate.

Democratic Rep. Charles Young of Meridian held the gun over his head Thursday on the House floor.

He says he was questioning a rule of the Mississippi House and Senate, which says only law enforcement officers may have a firearm inside the state Capitol, unless a majority of legislators grant a person permission to carry.

Young displayed his gun a day after the House passed a bill that would void rules limiting where people can carry guns on public property, including college campuses.

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey sent a letter Wednesday saying the conference opposes guns at sports venues.

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