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Chris Eger for reports:

Gov. Robert Bentley late Friday ordered workers to remove “no weapons beyond this point” signs at all state rest areas.

The governor’s move came following a back and forth between Alabama Department of Transportation and state lawmakers over the legality of banning guns at rest areas for all those other than law enforcement.

While Attorney General Luther Strange had the law under review, Bentley is upping the ante by ordering the signs, erected in 2013, hauled down.

“I have ordered the AL Department of Transportation to remove signs banning weapons at all Alabama rest stops to comply with state law,” said Bentley on social media Friday.

The crux of the issue boiled down to the fact that some state lawmakers felt the department had overstepped its authority to implement the gun free zones in the first place, as only the state legislature had the authority to restrict the legal carry of firearms.

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