Judge bars activist from entering St. Louis Zoo armed
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A judge is barring a gun-rights advocate from entering the St. Louis Zoo with a gun as he pledged to do this weekend.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty issued a temporary restraining order against 56-year-old Jeffry Smith of Cincinnati. It's in effect until a hearing June 22.
Smith planned to go armed to the St. Louis Zoo on Saturday afternoon to test the legality of the site's firearms ban. Although Missouri law bars guns in gated areas of amusement parks, he questions whether the zoo fits that description as a public, taxpayer-supported place.
Smith tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he still plans to visit the zoo Saturday but won't defy the court order.
Smith last October led a St. Louis march pressing to carry guns openly in public.
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