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Mississippi: Jackson Councilman Proposes Gun Sales Ban!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Please Make Your Voice Heard Today!

Councilman Kenneth Stokes (D-Ward 3) has stated that he will be submitting an ordinance for the council’s consideration to ban the sale of firearms in pawnshops within Jackson’s city limits.  In 1987 and in 2006, the Mississippi Attorney General’s office ruled in favor of gun rights activists when faced with similar ordinances. 

Current Attorney General Jim Hood made comments in 2006 stating, “counties and municipalities may not adopt any ordinance restricting the possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.”  Mississippi law requires that all pawnshops follow federal firearm laws, and they are required to perform criminal background checks on all persons who purchase a firearm.  An ordinance of this nature clearly violates the states firearms preemption law, and the previous opinion of the Attorney General confirms this. 

Please contact the members of the city council and urge them not to support such an egregious attack on the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Jackson.  

Jackson City Council Members:

Councilman Jeff Weill (R-Ward1)
(601) 960-1032
jweill@city.jackson.ms.us

Councilman Leslie McLemore (D-Ward 2)
(601) 960-1088
lmclemore@city.jackson.ms.us

Councilman Kenneth Stokes (D-Ward 3)
(601) 960-1090
kstokes@city.jackson.ms.us

Councilman Frank Bluntson (D-Ward 4)
(601) 960-2052
fbluntson@city.jackson.ms.us

Councilman Charles Tillman (D-Ward 5)
(601) 960-1092
tillmanc@city.jackson.ms.us

Councilman Marschand Crisler (D-Ward 6)
(601) 960-1089
mcrisler@city.jackson.ms.us

Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon (D-Ward 7)
(601) 960-1063
mbarrett@city.jackson.ms.us

 

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