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Controversy About Guns At High School Football Games

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Imagine going to a high school football game and you notice someone sitting next to you with a handgun.  Sound unthinkable. It may already be happening.

 "You have a law that says you can't carry guns on school property but this enhanced carry statue expressly says you can carry it into sporting functions so there's an apparent conflict that," said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who says he’s now working to resolve the conflict over the two laws, after a school board attorney requested a legal opinion on guns at games.

"I know our universities are extremely concerned about somebody carrying guns to a sporting event.”

 State law says anyone who completes an eight hour gun safety course can obtain a special enhanced conceal carry permit that gives then the right to bring a weapon into a sporting events, including to a stadium for a high school or university football game.

According to Hood, “some universities say were not going to let people in carry guns we don't care what the legislature passed,”

Cliff Cargill is certified firearms training instructor, who teaches a course on enhanced carry. He says he's doesn't know why anyone would question the law.

“The enhanced carry permit process has been in effect since July 1st, 2011. There are over 13,000 enhance carry permits out there. Where’s the problem. Why is this just now an issue?," he asked.

Hood says he plans to make his legal opinion public in the next few weeks.

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