Judge temporarily bans gun rights advocate from carrying handgun in Missouri zoo

Joel Currier for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Jeffry Smith has announced plans to go to the St. Louis Zoo Saturday afternoon, armed with a handgun, to challenge the legality of the zoo’s ban on firearms. He has invited others to join him.

But the zoo was granted a temporary restraining order Friday that bars Smith from entering the zoo with a gun or weapon. The order was signed by Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty and is in effect until a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on June 22.

Smith said he is still coming but will not defy the judge’s order…

“I consider this a win,” he said. “It’s a win in that they have finally shown their hand.”

Smith says the zoo “clearly isn’t an amusement park” and that the law the zoo has cited to back up its policy applies only to concealed weapons, not those openly carried in a hip holster.

Read the full story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.