AG Letter and Lawsuit by State Rep. Challenge Jackson Open Carry Ban

Well, there’s a surprise… (Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -( “Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Friday said he signed an executive order to temporarily ban open carry of firearms in the city, so long as there’s a civil emergency related to the COVID-19 crisis. And he’s also seeking a permanent ban of the state law,” the Clarion Ledger reported Sunday. “The order remains in effect through Thursday. It is possible it will be extended, according to the city’s existing stay-at-home orders.”

It’s a clearly illegal order that violates state law. That’s never stopped “progressive” mayors from flouting duly enacted laws that stand in the way of their agenda before. In this case, Lumumba’s “justification” ought to anger anyone who can see through the weasel-wording and grasp the significance of what he’s really saying.

“Prior to open carry, when Jackson police officers saw a gun in plain view, it gave them probable cause to seize the weapon and determine whether or not it was an illegal gun,” Lumumba asserted — like that was a good thing. In other words, the trigger for a potentially lethal police confrontation is not whether you’re abusing a right, but that you’re exercising it in the first place.

This is just a new twist on “stop and frisk,” which evidently is dependent on who’s doing it before it is objected to. It would be interesting to review police reports and trial transcripts to see if the stated concern has any bearing in fact and to see if even one case shows this has been a factor in enabling a later homicide.

There’s a history of gun-grabbing politicians imposing “emergency”-based infringements. Hurricane Katrina confiscations come immediately to mind.  And perhaps surprisingly to some, that’s also been backed by some who built a public reputation on being “conservatives,” like former Fox News frontman Bill O’Reilly.

There’s also a history of gun-grabbing politicians imposing disarmament in spite of “preemption” laws. The curious thing about the “home rule” argument is those demanding it never seem to raise it when a national or state law imposes infringements  — cases in point, they’re all fine with national diktats to ban semi-autos or to impose due-process-denying “red flag” edicts.

Still, it’s hardly surprising that Mayor Lumumba would prioritize going after guns. Endorsed by the Bernie Sanders-inspired Our Revolution and promising to make Jackson the “most radical city on the planet,” as well as by the “quasi-MarxistWorking Families Party, he was a beneficiary of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, where he received training from the “finest” apparatchiks rope-selling “capitalist” money can buy.  And while the sins of the fathers can’t be attributed to their progeny, noting that his was prominent in the racist New Afrika separatist movement “that aimed to turn the Deep South into an independent black nation,” shows the fruit hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

It is instructive to see not just what the gun-grabbers would do if they had the power, but also to grok the company they keep. That said, Lumumba’s order is legally DOA.

“Mississippians enjoy the right to lawfully open carry in all of Mississippi’s 82 counties and in every municipality within the State. The City of Jackson is no exception,” State Attorney General Lynn Fitch cautioned the mayor. “The City lacks statutory authority to suspend a state statute or constitutional provision. Accordingly, I ask that you rescind the Order immediately. I take seriously my obligation to protect Mississippians’ constitutional rights, and I will take every action available to my office to ensure these rights are not infringed upon.”

It’s past time we saw some rights enforcement added to the law enforcement mix, especially when it comes to guns.

Additionally, Mississippi State Representative Dana Criswell filed a “Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief” Monday with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He’s calling Lumumba’s bluff.

“Rep.  Criswell intends to continue openly carrying a  firearm in a  holster while in public in Jackson, Mississippi, for self-defense,” the complaint notes. “Rep. Criswell intends to be in Jackson, Mississippi, on or before April 30, 2020, and wishes to exercise his constitutional  right to openly carry a firearm in public in Jackson,  Mississippi, for self-defense.”

Let’s hope Mayor Chockwe has fun looking like an impotent fool. That’s some Bloomberg training he’s managed to misapply through arrogance and overreach. I’m just surprised organized armed civil disobedience hasn’t been reported yet.

Can you imagine the lawsuit if the “leader” of the “most radical city on the planet” had his enforcers arrest anyone for defying a clearly illegal order? Or the fallout should illegal arrests be resisted by those who can?

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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I never cease to be amazed by how Leftists always show their utter contempt for our Constitution and the rights granted and guaranteed by it. They should all go live in Cuba or North Korea where they would clearly be much happier and leave the rest of us alone.


No argument with that.

Wild Bill

@Cho, or maybe they are completely ignorant of the limits on their power.


Perhaps so, but I am wiling to bet they know exactly and precisely what they are doing.


chocopot) Me too! Never blame stupidity when evil men are around. Evil knows what it’s doing. And thinks the more dead sheep the better.


Ya gotta unnastan.. in places like the one this clown came from there is always one Head Honcho, and said HH has the power to demand and enforce whatever HE thinks should go down. When said HH is an honest and benevolent guy, all goes well. But that usually does not last long. Most times and places the Head Honcho rules by the power of the gun. his own, and/or those of his Goon Squad underlings. It warms the cockles of my heart that Mississippi’s AtG got on this clwn’s case so quickly, but I do believe he fell far… Read more »


Perfect example of a name being a window into the soul. Fancy grooming and expensive clothing do not change what lies within the heart and mind. He sounds like he is the well polished version of Idi Amin, Joseph Kony, Jean-Bedel Bokasa or Muammar Gaddafi of Jackson, Mississippi.


Along with Obama a lam a lam a ding dong of Chitown.


can this unconstitutional idiot not be removed from office for this? should be, especially if the state attorney general told him that it was illegal and he doesn’t back down. the lefties want to take away our firearms, but then only the cops, whom they also hate will have them. oh yea, and also the criminals. to old to be a cop, so…

Wild Bill

@gregs, You could run him over with a motor vehicle.


Propane tanks for barbeques can be fun, as well.


“They must never, ever find out what we have done, for if they do, we shall have no place to run, for it will be easy to see who we are once the veil has fallen. Our actions will have revealed who we are and they will hunt us down and no person shall give us shelter.” -The Secret Covenant as published on bankindex dot com
Sounds dead on balls accurate to me! This is what the elite fear so much.


These career criminals have endangered the American public, Anti-constitutionalist’s sense of morality is situational, based on incident and emotion, instead of rooted in God’s word and law. Anti-constitutionalist’s stand for nothing. The situation determines their support for an issue and their emotions rule, not reason and rationality. Moreover, they recognize the contradiction, but still cling to their situational justice. Situational justice is the tool of dictators, tyrants, despots, and unjust, unrighteous monarchs. It has no place in a free constitutional republic. In which the United States of America is………………. Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States… If this is the way they… Read more »


Not that I put any credit on Wikipedia, but this is the page for the “Republic of New Afrika”.

Seems VERY anti-American to me. Folks will say/do anything until they have a muzzle pointed at their forehead. Just sayin….


Not the Mississippi I used to hunt in as a young man visiting relatives. Guess all the new residents are darkie/ muslim loving socialist. Ole miss even changed the COLONEL school logo on the team’s helmets few years back from the backlash of ITS RACIST you have to change it. The logo is gone and whaddya know RACISM is still very real in Mississippi didn’t change NOTHING it never does.

Wild Bill

Sempai, Sounds like they have a little racism of their own.

Get Out

Hopefully all LEO’s will ignore this clowns illegal orders.


Is this Communist a relative of Patrice Lamumba , the Butcher of the Belgium Congo ? Founder of the the People’s Republic of the Congo ?
Patrice Lumumba was later assassinated by our CIA- Hmmmm, maybe another hit job is on the menu ? Seems like he might have some reason to fear an armed populous.


Yes one would wonder about Lamumba’s true lineage. His motives would point to that of the communist’s of the congo. He would draw his inspiration from our former liar and chief / treasonist Osama Obama. Lamumba take you shit followers back to your country of true origin, no longer spreading you stench in the great state of Mississippi. Sooner rather than later.
Can’t agree with you more BrainMatters, I don’t care how much Armani these murderous POS’s wear, they still have one goal in mind. They all need to be “escorted” expeditiously from this country.


@Rowboat, Good recall. Daddy changed his name to honor Lamumba, as well to Chokwe, a African ethnic group that resisted slavery (as if all others “volunteered”; and ignoring that it was competing tribes that captured and sold their neighbors to the slave traders). Also, he was a leader of the ’60s black separatist (not “seditious”) group – Republic of New Afrika – https: // So I guess son, CAL, had a difficult childhood and is just trying to make his Daddy proud. Luckily CAL was likely sworn in as an attorney prior to Mississippi requiring attorneys to swearing an oath… Read more »


That one of his “goood pictures”. His hair and beard are salt-n-peppa (wif A LOT of salt). Before a planned TV interview, it looks like he takes a stencil, and spray paints his hair BLACK.
He beez a high-talkin’ hand-shakin’ glad handler that can’t fix a 2 year old pothole without begging for Federal hep.