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Leave your gun at home if you’re going to the Coast Coliseum — even if you have a permit

Early arrivals at the Donald Trump rally on Saturday Jan. 2, 2015 wait for the doors to open. By the end of the year, metal detectors should be in place for all public concerts and events to enhance security.
Early arrivals at the Donald Trump rally on Saturday Jan. 2, 2015 wait for the doors to open. By the end of the year, metal detectors should be in place for all public concerts and events to enhance security. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Those who attend concerts or events at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center will need to leave their weapons at home.

Guests will soon be required to pass through a metal detector, the Sun Herald reported Monday, and more security cameras are being ordered by January. Only clear bags will be allowed in the building.

Commenters on the Sun Herald Facebook page questioned whether those who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon will be allowed to bring a gun to a concert or event.

“We don’t allow guns,” Executive Director Matt McDonnell said. An exception is during a gun show at the convention center.

The Coliseum Commission has a contract with Swetman Security to provide on-site security, he said, and also with the Biloxi Police Department for certain events. Law enforcement officers are allowed to carry their weapon onto the grounds, he said.

McDonnell said things change over time and like venues across the country, Biloxi will respond to keep people safe.

“We’re certainly going to use technology to our advantage,” he said.

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