Smith Co. Commissioners vote for courthouse to remain 'gun-free zone' after open carry law

Smith Co. Commissioners vote for courthouse to remain 'gun-free zone' after open carry law
Sheriff Larry Smith in Smith Co. Commisioners Court on Tuesday. (Source: KLTV staf)
Sheriff Larry Smith in Smith Co. Commisioners Court on Tuesday. (Source: KLTV staf)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to place signage prohibiting guns on buildings housing courts, effectively remaining gun-free even when the open carry law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

The prohibition would mean guns would not be allowed inside any building housing a courtroom. It's unclear if guns would be allowed outside of the buildings.

Last week, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith urged commissioners to approve posting Penal Code section 30.06 "no weapons" signs on the Smith County courthouse after January 1.

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"[We should] prohibit open or concealed carry into the courthouse and other facilities that have a court," Smith has said. "For the safety of the public with all the inmates that we carry through the tunnel to the courthouse every day."

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