No Guns at Okatibbee Lake


Lauderdale County, Miss. A gun law goes into effect July 1 in Mississippi, allowing people to carry an unconcealed weapon with or without a permit. But you'd better leave your firearms at home if you're headed to Okatibbee Lake.

Guns are not allowed in there. despite the fact that a bill passed four years ago to allow guns in national parks.

Chief ranger of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the park, Scott Payne, explained what sets Okatibbee apart.

"The 2009 bill to allow firearms in national parks does not apply to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property since it is part of the army and we have our own guidelines," said Payne.

Since Okatibbee is U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property, it's under federal jurisdiction. It has its own independent regulations. That trumps this state law.

The state gun law goes into effect July 1.

The penalties for unlawfully carrying a firearm to the area range from a fine of up to $5,000 or up to six months in prison.


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