Jackson Mayor Uses COVID-19 to Unlawfully Ban Open Carry

NRA Open Carry Banned MISS
Jackson, MI mayor Lumumba unconstitutionally banned all open carry last Friday.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On Friday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued an executive order suspending “the carrying of an unconcealed loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver or any other firearm, carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster, or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case, with such pistol, revolver, or firearm being wholly or partially visible.”

By blaming law-abiding citizens' right to carry firearms openly in the Magnolia State for Jackson's violent crime rate — a problem which existed long before the advent of COVID-19 — and claiming broad civil emergency powers to restrict that right, he joins a long list of anti-gun politicians who have shamelessly used this pandemic to further a gun control agenda.

Mayor Lumumba even used this opportunity to call on the Legislature to repeal Mississippi's open carry law!

The constitutionality of Lumumba's order could certainly be called into question.  Article III, Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution states: “The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.”

Further, the mayor's actions are neither rational or legal.  According to Mississippi Code Section 45-9-51(1): “…no county or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts the possession, carrying, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.”  This is known as the state firearms preemption statute, which your NRA-ILA has consistently fought to improve and defend in the Legislature over the years.  Mayor Lumumba's actions have demonstrated just how important this law is to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners from arbitrary local restrictions, during an emergency or otherwise.

Please email your State Senators and State Representatives to let them know you oppose the Mayor of Jackson's restrictions on open carry and ask them to protect Mississippi's open carry law and uphold the Mississippi Constitution when the Legislature reconvenes.

Please click here for the Mayor’s on-camera reading of the order and NRA’s response. While this order is set to expire on April 30, your NRA-ILA is exploring ways to ensure that this and any future such orders do not stand!



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Catatonic
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Catatonic

After reading the executive order over a couple of times, I think I see one of those dreaded, much-feared “loopholes”: The discussion is all about carrying in sheaths, holsters, bags, purses, satchels, et al. I see nothing forbidding you from carrying it in your hand. That’s convenient. Saves the few added seconds to draw.

james
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james

Another Political Activist that earned his law degree from Thurgood Marshall Law.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba is an American attorney, activist, politician and the current Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. While running for mayor, Lumumba soundly won the Democratic nomination, defeating incumbent mayor Tony Yarber and John Horhn, a state senator.

BigEvilJB
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BigEvilJB

Um. You might want to try proofreading your content, and making sure you know proper state abbreviations too. The appropriate abbreviation for Mississippi is MS. Not MI, that is Michigan. And Jackson, Michigan’s mayor isn’t that stupid.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

There is an order put forth today from the A.G. of the U.S.A. that says he will file charges on any state/city that does this illegal crap. I found it on “Oath Keepers.” Times like these bring out the tyrant and treason in legislators, judges, lawyers, governors, enforcers and their financiers. If the system doesn’t get off it’s ass and fulfill it’s oath to prosecute tyranny and treason, do not be surprised when some GOD given, constitutionally protected, unalienable RIGHT denied American citizen “votes” them out of office. Government is supposed to protect, provide and further our GOD given, constitutionally… Read more »

SEMPAI
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SEMPAI

How did someone with the name chokwe antar lumumba become a mayor in Mississippi? Thought all that was for the socialist in Minnesota.

Camotim
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Camotim

Hiz Dishonor wants to help his supporters rob and loot.

MS-Steve
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MS-Steve

He probably doesn’t want that….. but MANY of his constituents do just that, and couldn’t give a rat’s rear what massa wantz..
Quoted from a chicken-head years ago, whose brotha was shoot and killed when robbing someone: “How he suppose to git hiz money??”

OlTrailDog
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OlTrailDog

Time to take this fool to court and have the city pay for all costs and damages for mental disquietude for all city CC citizens. NRA or X organization (fill in x for other pro 2nd amendment group and forego the anti-NRA spray) where are you?

MS-Steve
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MS-Steve

Jackson, MS doesn’t have the money to fix the ‘years old’ pot holes and broken water system infrastructure……… let alone a judgement for gun grabbing.
All the tax-paying citizens fled to the suburbs in the last 3 decades. All that’s left are septuagenarian and octogenarians afraid to leave their homes, chicken-head baby-mommas lining up at the different food give-away’s, gang bangers, and wanna-be gang bangers.
This guy is a hand-shaking high talkin’ glad handler with spray painted hur (hair)

joefoam
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joefoam

It seems that the mayors progressive agenda has had no effect on the violent crime in Jackson. Imagine that. As for the power grab , it will be struck down. Unfortunately it will take a while to accomplish that, and all the legal wrangling will be at the taxpayer expense. What kind of electorate do they have there that would elect an ignorant guy like this?

MS-Steve
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MS-Steve

Broke-ass minorities….. with a yearning to be free (to buy alcohol wif dey EBT card)…… DAS WHO.
KnoWhaa-I’mSaaayin’?

nrringlee
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nrringlee

We are now seeing that the Wuhan 19 virus scare is not about a virus. It is actually proving to be relatively benign compared to others. It is about power and control. Leftist thugs in power will seize this opportunity to fan the flames of fear in to mass hysteria and use that hysteria to justify martial law measures. Once they are successful in one or two cases they will not back off. They are funded by globalist billionaires who are allied with the Communist Chinese.

TexDad
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TexDad

What the heck does COVID-19 have to do with restricting open carry?

MajorMike
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MajorMike

Apparently TMZ and People magazine jointly said if you have COVID-19, touch a round you load, then shoot someone, that person can contract COVID. The same report indicated open carry has led to thousands of shooting deaths because of the easy availability of weapons in open-carry supermarkets when people have become upset, i.e. toilet paper out of stock.

MS-Steve
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MS-Steve

Nothing…… in the last week. Drive-by shooters have hit and killed several children (in their government assistance housing). Mayor Chockie LaBamba, his city council, nor church leaders can get the criminal element to stop shooting at each other…… so outlaw Open Carry…… because criminals, and gang members are followers of the law, right?

TexDad
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TexDad

Perfect logic, eh?

Boe
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Boe

Just a note to the author, MI is the abbreviation for Michigan.

Wolf44
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Wolf44

Boe, I agree with you that the abbreviations for MI and MS are entirely different. I often wonder where some of these writers got their education on the English language from.

Arny
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Arny

Shall Not Infringe !

JFCrosby
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JFCrosby

“the mayor’s actions are neither rational or legal.” How about “Nor?”

linkman
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linkman

Idiotic order that isn’t enforceable. Just carry anyway.

MS-Steve
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MS-Steve

Personally…. I’ve only seen a “handful” of people Open Carry.
Mississippi is a Constitutional Carry state for citizens allowed to legally possess a firearm. Even the mayor (is smart enough and) has stated that he owns “numerous” firearms.