Jackson Mayor Hit with Lawsuit, Spurned by City Council over Open Carry Ban
By Chris Eger
Jackson, Mississippi’s mayor issued an executive order banning open carry on Saturday and was sued for it in federal court on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Just days after Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba (D) moved to outlaw legal open carry in Mississippi’s largest city, he is finding little support.
On Tuesday, the non-profit Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit against Lumumba on behalf of State Rep. Dana Criswell (R). The 13-page filing, in U.S. District Court, holds that the Mayor does not have the authority to override rights protected by both the U.S. and Mississippi Constitution, even during a state of emergency.
“As a citizen of the great state of Mississippi who has regular business in our capital city of Jackson, I was shocked by the recent announcement by Mayor Lumumba,” said Criswell in a statement. “I take the protection of myself and my family very seriously and believe deeply in the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The mayor’s attempt to disarm me and deny me the ability of self-defense puts me and my family in danger anytime we are in Jackson.”
State Attorney General Warns
Other legal action could be on the horizon for Lumumba, a progressive who previously pledged to turn