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Texas AG Sues Capital Austin Over City Hall Gun Ban

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 07:17 PM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against the state's capital city on Thursday over a gun ban in Austin City Hall, Mediaite reports.

Paxton tweeted a statement on the lawsuit:

Texas' open carry law allows people to carry guns in plain sight and forbids local governments from preventing residents from carrying weapons into government facilities unless a courtroom is located in the building.

The city wrote Paxton in June that City Hall falls under that courtroom exemption, but in a letter dated July 5, Paxton's office said it was "unable to determine which government court or office utilized by a government court, if any, is located within the city hall building."

The city could be fined $1,000-$1,500 a day for a first violation of the law and $10,000-$10,500 a day any violations after that.

The attorney general's office was first made aware in September a sign in City Hall was banning guns, but it was removed in March. In April, a resident told the AG's office that guards were still issuing "oral warnings" to gun carriers.

Austin is a left-leaning island in conservative Texas.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against the state's capital city on Thursday over a gun ban in Austin City Hall, Mediaite reports.
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