Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A decision on whether visitors can carry guns in the Saint Louis Zoo won’t be made until well after the summer tourist season is over.

A judge on Monday scheduled the next hearing in the case of a Cincinnati man who is challenging the zoo’s gun ban, for Nov. 14.

Jeffry Smith, whose plan to carry openly at the zoo last June was blocked by a St. Louis judge, is trying to get the temporary order thrown out.

Smith’s attorney tells KMOX there’s nothing unusual about the delay, saying it’s just taking a while to get all the depositions and other preparations done. She adds that they had been hoping to set the trial for December, but a crowded court docket won’t allow it to be scheduled until after the first of the year.

The zoo argues that it meets the definition of an amusement park, which, under Missouri law, allows it to ban firearms. Smith contends the ban violates the state’s expanded gun laws.

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