Lawyer sues Arkansas officials for not allowing gun in court

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas attorney is suing local officials for
denying him access to a courthouse while carrying a handgun. Chris Corbitt, a patent attorney from Conway, filed the complaint last Thursday against Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins and County Judge Barry Hyde. A security guard refused to let him enter the Pulaski County District Courthouse on Jan. 3 because he carried a concealed gun permit.Both Higgins and Hyde declined the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette requests for comment.

The lawsuit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, uses a state law that bans firearms from courthouses, except for bailiffs and other “officers of the court.” Corbitt argues that definition includes attorneys.

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