Mississippi: Citing COVID-19, Jackson Mayor Bans Open Carry
By Chris Eger
Jackson’s mayor has issued an executive order that bars legal open carry in Mississippi’s largest city. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Democratic Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba over the weekend announced he has suspended legal open carry in Jackson, Mississippi by executive order.
In a video released by the City on Saturday, Lumumba cited the city’s current state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, saying he was granted powers under state law that allowed the move.
“The open carry law not only provides protection to individuals who are armed with illegal weapons, it creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the community,” said Lumumba. “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that the open carry law has led to an increase in gun violence into our communities.”
Mississippi adopted a popular open carry law in 2013, followed by constitutional carry measures in 2015 and 2016. Further, the Magnolia State has strict preemption laws against local firearm regulations which allow for significant penalties for city and county public officials who violate the statute, including a personal fine of up to $1,000. Other state laws forbid cities from regulating otherwise legal carry of firearms in times of declared emergency.
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