St. Louis Zoo granted temporary restraining order against man planning to bring gun onto property

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Zoo was granted a temporary restraining order against an Ohio man who was planning to bring a gun onto its property on Saturday.

The zoo filed the paperwork asking the court for a restraining order against Jeffry Smith Friday morning.

Smith told KMOV he was planning to enter the zoo at 1:30 p.m. Saturday because, he believes, Missouri allows open carry and the zoo is publicly owned.

In the restraining order documents, the zoo says that around May 31 Smith contacted them to question their weapons policy and demand the "no weapons" signs be removed from its entrances. After zoo officials told Smith they would not change their policy, the document states, Smith created a Facebook page announcing a "Firearm Rights Challenge" would take place on June 13.

The document also states the zoo's gun policy is "consistent with the laws of the State of Missouri, St. Louis Zoo's mission and the family-friendly environment it seeks to promote."