LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas attorney is suing local officials for denying him access to a courthouse while carrying a handgun.

Chris Corbitt, a patent attorney from Conway, filed the complaint last Thursday against Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins and County Judge Barry Hyde. 

A security guard refused to let him enter the Pulaski County District Courthouse on Jan. 3 because he carried a concealed gun permit. 

The lawsuit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, uses a state law that bans firearms from courthouses, except for bailiffs and other “officers of the court." Corbitt argues that definition includes attorneys. 

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