Gun-rights activist questions St. Louis Zoo’s firearms ban

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Jeffry Smith (in cowboy hat) and his son Kevin Smith (second from right) thank Mike Horton, law enforcement specialist for the National Park Service, for his guidance with the laws and permits to make the Open Carry Firearm Walk possible on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Open carry gun supporters held a rally and walk from Citygarden to the Arch grounds to raise awareness of gun rights. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A gun-rights advocate says he and others may show up next week at the St. Louis Zoo with firearms or empty holsters to challenge the site’s ban of weapons.

Fifty-six-year-old Jeffry Smith of Cincinnati tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that while Missouri law bars guns in gated areas of amusement parks, he questions whether the zoo fits that description as a public, taxpayer-supported place.

A spokeswoman for the zoo, Susan Gallagher, says that site’s prohibition of all weapons within its gates relies on numerous state statutes.

Smith last October led a St. Louis march to press their right to carry guns openly in public.
___
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch